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Woakes scores 100 to give England lead heading into Day Four

Chris Woakes became only the tenth player to achieve the feat of appearing on both the batting and bowling Honours Boards at Lord’s, as he hit a maiden Test century on Day Three of the Specsavers Test Match against India.

Woakes ended the day on 120 not out after he and Jonny Bairstow (93) shared a superb partnership of 189 for the sixth wicket which returned England to a position of strength after India had started the brighter of the two teams earlier in the day.

England took to the crease this morning after bundling out India for only 107 in between rain breaks, but would have felt the game was evenly poised when they were reduced to 89 for 4. Alastair Cook (21), Keaton Jennings (11), Joe Root (19) and debutant Ollie Pope (28) all failed to capitalise on starts.

Jos Buttler’s was the fifth wicket to fall as he became Mohammed Shami’s third lbw victim, but Bairstow and Woakes set about a rebuilding job for England.  When the former departed for a fine 93, England had recovered to 320 for 6.

England had added another 37 runs to their score before bad light brought play to a premature end. The hosts will be pleased going into the fourth day with a lead of 250 over India.


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