Chris Woakes’ love affair with Lord’s provided England with the kind of advantage to beat the forecast showers and complete back-to-back victories over India.
Woakes has a habit of turning it on at the home of cricket, and his maiden Test hundred followed a first 50 here against Sri Lanka in 2016, the same summer in which he ransacked Pakistan‘s batting with exemplary match figures of 11 for 102.
Recalled to the team with Ben Stokes unavailable due to his well-documented Bristol court case, the 29-year-old’s latest bid for the honours boards in the home dressing room is yet to be completed and he will resume this morning on 120 not out with England 250 runs in credit.
Chris Woakes’ love affair with Lord’s continued on Saturday when he smashed a century
To receive a standing ovation at Lord’s is a bit of a boyhood dream,’ said the all-rounder
Even with more wet weather on the horizon it is a position from which Joe Root will be confident of going 2-0 up with three matches of the series against the world’s number one team to play.
‘I have obviously had a couple of good games here in the past, I haven’t played a huge amount here but whenever I have it’s gone reasonably well,’ said Woakes.
‘I don’t know whether it’s the surface, conditions or whether I hit form when it’s Lord’s week but I have genuinely enjoyed bowling here as the slope gives you a little bit more to work with, and when it does become overcast here the ball moves around. Batting on the slope adds an extra dimension I enjoy too.’
Woakes’ spectacular return to the team, following six weeks out with a knee injury – a time period in which he became a father for the first time to Laila – took in the prize dismissal of India captain Virat Kohli on day two before a 189-run stand with Jonny Bairstow (93) put England firmly in command.
Woakes’s team-mates get to their feet and cheer as he brings up three figures at Lord’s
‘It’s been frustrating watching the boys all summer when all you want is to be out there. Coming in for Ben Stokes means it is big shoes to fill but I try not to play like him, I try to play like myself, and do my job for the team,’ the Warwickshire all-rounder added.
‘Becoming a dad’s been a bit different, a shock to the system, but if you go home after a bad day it’s nice to have that break away. The lads asked me where the baby celebration was but it wasn’t on my mind.
‘To get to a hundred was an incredible feeling and I was getting a but nervous through the 90s to be honest. To receive a standing ovation at Lord’s is a bit of a boyhood dream.’
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