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Woakes hits maiden Test century as England stretch lead over India

Bairstow and Woakes saw their sixth-wicket partnership pass the 150-run mark on day three.

Chris Woakes hit his maiden Test century to put England in total control during the second Specsavers Test at Lord’s.

England briefly struggled on 89 for four after losing cheap wickets in batting-friendly conditions on day three, but Woakes and Jonny Bairstow (92 not out) fought back to put on an unbeaten sixth-wicket stand of 173 to put the hosts on the front foot.

And Woakes earned his reward for digging in deep with the wicketkeeper to record his first hundred for England in the five-day format and push the home side side to 307 for five – a lead of 200 runs.

England hopes of building an imposing advantage after skittling the tourists out for 107 on day two looked bleak after losing openers Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings in successive overs to leave them on 32 for two.

Debutant Ollie Pope came to the crease alongside captain Joe Root and the 20-year-old showed few nerves during a promising start, but he was trapped in front by Hardik Pandya on 28, despite reviewing the decision.

Root (19) fell lbw to Mohammed Shami on the final ball before lunch and the India seamer struck once more to dismiss Jos Buttler for 24 to leave England on 131 for five.

That briefly put India back in contention, before Bairstow and Woakes combined to frustrate the tourists.

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