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Woakes is on a high as England fight back

By Chris Stocks

Chris Woakes believes England can win the third Test against Pakistan after captain Alastair Cook and Alex Hales' first opening stand together wiped out a 103-run first-innings deficit on day three in Birmingham.

The opening pair, playing together in their 10th Test, led the hosts to 120 without loss at the close and saved their team from a potentially perilous position.

Now Woakes is targeting a victory that would hand England a 2-1 lead heading into next week's final Test at The Oval.

He said: "That stand was massive. It was not only a really important partnership for us as a team but also for those two.

"Going into the innings 103 runs behind is tough and for them to cancel it out the way they have is crucial and great.

"It gives us a great chance of setting up this Test match. Ten wickets in hand is crucial and hopefully we can kick on.

"There's still a lot of hard work to do. But it's great we've given ourselves that opportunity."

Woakes played down James Anderson being removed from the attack for the remainder of Pakistan's first innings after receiving his third warning for running onto the protected area.

He added: "He's striving hard for the team. It's just unfortunate. We had them eight down at the time. It's been a great day so that didn't hurt us at all actually."

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