Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

England v India: second Test, day two

England v India: second Test, day two

Chris Woakes continued a superb return to England duty with a maiden Test century against India at Lord´s on Saturday as the home side took a firm grip on the match.

Even though Bairstow was the more senior of the pair, it was Woakes who looked the more impressive, driving, cutting and pulling the ball with authority around the Lord's outfield.

It was not certain that Woakes would play this Test. England decided on the second morning to select him over off-spinner Moeen Ali, with Ben Stokes on trial for affray. The forecast of further rain over the final two days of the match appears to offer India's best chance of avoiding defeat. All in all this was a chastening day for India.

Chris Woakes (120 not out) and Jonny Bairstow (93) shared a match-changing stand of 189. Bairstow (62 not out) in particular looking at ease the longer he was out in the middle.

The challenge for Kohli's side after the tea break is exactly the same as it was after the lunch break: take early wickets.

Only the rain, which has washed out at least a day and a half, has had more impact on this Test than Woakes, and it's still a close run thing.

The only sadness for England was that Bairstow did not reach three figures as well.

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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.

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

Five balls later Jennings´s fellow left-handed opener Alastair Cook (21) was out as well, caught behind off a superb Sharma delivery from around the wicket that squared him up and seamed away before finding the outside edge.

That brought in new cap Ollie Pope. As first innings go in Test cricket it was a good one. The Indian batsmen have themselves to blame as much as the top-class bowling from the English fast-bowlers led by James Anderson.

Pope's wicket left the hosts on 77 for three, with two experience batsmen at the crease in Root and Jonny Bairstow. Root LBW to Shami for a less than fluent 28.

By contrast, England´s innings commenced under sunny blue skies that promised to make life easier for the batsmen.

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