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

11 August 2018

India lost three early wickets in their first innings of the second test against England at Lord's but rain again restricted play on Friday.

Put into bat under overcast conditions, the frailties of a wobbly top order was there for everyone to see as veteran pacer Anderson (5/20) made them hop, skip and jump on a track with his 26th five-wicket haul in longest form.

LONDON:Chris Woakes marked his return to Test cricket with a maiden century, and in the able company of Jonny Bairstow, handed England a massive advantage over a beleaguered India on the third day of the second match here at Lord's on Saturday.

The Warwickshire all-rounder first claimed the prize wicket of Kohli as India's superstar skipper edged behind to Jos Buttler in the slips.

England stamped their authority on the match shortly after as a disgusting mix up between Pujara and Virat Kohli resulted in the former being run out by debutant Pope.

Recalled to the side in place of Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara fell in familiar fashion after a mix-up with Virat Kohli.

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Anderson's haul of 5-20, that leaves him just one wicket short of becoming the first bowler to take 100 in Tests at Lord's, did the majority of the damage.

"I would be so disappointed if I had messed up today because they were ideal conditions to bowl in". In an innings otherwise oozing with composure, he survived a couple of nervy plays-and-misses in the 90s to reach his hundred with three pulled over mid-wicket.

After rain meant there was no play on Thursday, Anderson struck with the fifth ball of the match when Murali Vijay, aiming legside, was undone by late outswing and bowled for a duck.

"When we bowl like that we would bowl most teams out in the world, we were that good". We hardly bowled any bad balls, we didn't give them much to hit, and when you build pressure like that all day, no matter who you are, it is hard.

Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav was brought in for seamer Umesh Yadav, joining off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in the slow bowling department.

England led by 250 runs; and a day after bowling out India for 107, the English duo showed the way to the visiting batsmen as to how to bat on this wicket, even though the strip eased out considerably.

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