CHRIS Woakes struck a maiden Test century and Jonny Bairstow added 93 as England dominated the third day of the second Test at Lord’s, reaching 6-357 to open up a significant 250-run lead over India. Arriving at the crease with England 5-131, Woakes — back in the side as a replacement for Ben Stokes — scored freely in a partnership of 189 with Bairstow, bringing up his century with a pull shot.Bairstow looked set to join him in getting his name on the Lords’ honour board, but the Yorkshireman fell for 93, caught excellently by wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik after he nicked a Hardik Pandya delivery.Woakes, who ended the day unbeaten on 120, struck 18 boundaries at the home of cricket and was joined at the crease by effervescent youngster Sam Curran (22 not out) who again looked confident after impressing with both bat and ball in the opening Test at Edgbaston.After rain washed out the first day’s play and interrupted much of day two, bad light brought proceedings to a close with England in a commanding lead.Earlier England had stumbled to 4-89 in reply to India’s first-innings 107, with the hosts’ top order again failing to impress.In the eighth over, Keaton Jennings missed a straight delivery by Mohammed Shami and was trapped lbw for 11.In the following over, Alastair Cook (21) was caught behind after he nicked a swinging delivery from Ishant Sharma which brought 20-year-old debutant Ollie Pope to the crease.The baby-faced Pope will always remember receiving his England cap — as much for the speech given by England legend Alec Stewart as the occasion.
The former England skipper congratulated Pope on earning an international call up and encouraged him to show the world what a class talent he is. But he also took the opportunity to sledge the youngster for his boyish looks.“When I gave you your Surrey, Under-9 player of the year (award) … two years ago, we knew you were going to be good,” Stewart said as Pope’s teammate erupted in laughter.Unfortunately, the first-gamer wasn’t able to craft a memorable innings in his first outing wearing England whites. The right-hander played some positive strokes and scored quickly as he looked to rebuild alongside captain Joe Root, but as lunch approached he was trapped lbw by Pandya for a breezy 28 off 38 balls.Root was watchful for much of his innings until his dismissal by Shami lbw for 19 from 53 balls signalled the break.Jos Buttler was the one wicket to fall in an afternoon session dominated by the hosts, trapped lbw for 24 by the impressive Shami who claimed three wickets.Thereafter Bairstow and Woakes dominated a dejected India attack with England scoring at almost four-and-a-half an over in a positive batting display. England lead the five-match series 1-0.