Bairstow and Woakes put England in strong position

Bairstow and Woakes put England in strong position

Bairstow and Woakes put England in strong position

Now he has answered any questions about his batting with a Test century at Lord's.

In the second test match between England vs India at Lord's cricket stadium in London, Virat Kohli and company will look forward to bounce back on track.

Joe Root (19) had battled through a hard spell when he first came to the crease and was set to be rewarded with more favourable conditions in the afternoon, only to be undone by Shami with a ball that nipped back and stayed low in the final over of the morning. India were 107 all-out in just 35.2 overs. 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.

England lead the five-match series 1-0.

In the brief morning session, Anderson got England off to a fine start, clean bowling opener Murali Vijay before removing Lokesh Rahul, who was caught behind by keeper Jonny Bairstow.

Surrey's Sam Curran, so impressive in the first game in Birmingham, joined Woakes at the crease when bad light caused an early finish to the day's play.

England were then forced to wait more than three hours before getting a third crack at India at 5.10pm. As per the latest reports, England is two down for 37 runs as Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav sent Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings back to the pavilion.

Bairstow and Jos Buttler went on the offensive immediately after the interval, quickly taking England past India's first innings total, but, while Bairstow remained to inflict further damage on India, Buttler departed for 24, becoming Shami's (3-74) third lbw victim after being beaten for pace as he advanced and moved across his stumps to try and work the ball to leg.

That brought in new cap Ollie Pope.

The second session will be vital with India still looking to get early wickets to keep England's first-innings lead to a minimum. The 20-year-old played only 15 First-Class matches before this clash leaving many to wonder whether the young gun had what it takes to take on the world's best side. The Indian batsmen have themselves to blame as much as the top-class bowling from the English fast-bowlers led by James Anderson.

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