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England ace Chris Woakes boasts absurdly low Test average at Lord's

12 August 2018

However, Woakes (120no) and Bairstow (93) batted them out of contention either side of tea and, after day one and much of day two were washed out and more rain forecast for Sunday and Monday, the weather may provide India with their best chance of escaping with a draw. Now the third has been ticked off. Chris Woakes has a Test century at Lord's.The photocopier, the whistle, the x-ray scanner, even the bicycle bell - Birmingham can lay claim to being the birthplace of countless things, but on day three at Lord's none were more valuable than Woakes.

But it was new-ball partner Mohammed Shami who struck first when, from around the wicket, he had Keaton Jennings, aiming across the line, lbw for 11.

Presumably wondering whether the ball would have missed leg-stump, Jennings reviewed the decision, only for DRS to show the ball clattering into middle.

That brought debutant Ollie Pope to the crease and Surrey's talented 20-year-old showed no signs of nerves as he combined with Root to take the score to 77-2. As so often happens they did not have to wait long fir the second wicket, Alastair Cook caught behind for 21 off Ishant Sharma (one for 26) to leave England on 32 for two.

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Jos Buttler (24) got in and got out before he too fell lbw aiming across the line as Shami took a third wicket this innings.

The tourists were buoyed by Root's dismissal but any suggestion of a batting collapse was dismissed in the afternoon session as Bairstow and Woakes combined brilliantly.

On Friday, during the rain-affected day two of the second Test, Arjun, who is now in London for a training session with MCC Young Cricketers, helped out the grand staff at Lord's.

Chris Woakes celebrates his first Test century, the all-rounder ended the day on 120 not out.

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Together with Jonny Bairstow, Woakes soon set about turning that around.

India, who opted to play another spinner in the second Test, could not stop the flow of runs and looked desperately short of pace options.

What's done is done, though, and India will look for a disciplined bowling performance to get back into the game.

Bad light has forced the umpires to call off the play for the day.

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England ace Chris Woakes boasts absurdly low Test average at Lord's