Chris Woakes marks his return to Test cricket with maiden century at Lord’s

first_imgChris Woakes marked his return to Test cricket in style as he slammed a 129-ball century on the third day of the second Test against India at Lord’s.Woakes, who replaced Ben Stokes in the England squad for the second Test, took three runs of the bowling off Hardik Pandya in the 71st over of England’s first innings to bring up his maiden Test century on Saturday.Woakes, whose injury forced him to surrender his spot in whites for England, had a tough task ahead of him when he came in to bat. Add to that the pressure of replacing a successful Stokes in the side, his performance would have been closely scrutinised and he did himself no harm with an important century at the home of cricket.Woakes came in to bat at a tricky situation, with England’s score on 131/5, with a slender lead of 24 on the board. The all-rounder first took his time and once he settled in, his showed his full array of shots against an Indian team, which was definitely missing a third full-time pacer. He kept the scoreboard ticking and supported Jonny Bairstow perfectly. The likes of Pandya and Kuldeep tried to get his wicket but Woakes defied them and took them for easy runs and was later joined by Bairstow as well. In doing so, Bairstow brought up his 19th Test half-century off 76 balls while Woakes reached his fifth Test half-century off 71 balls.The pair then led England into a strong position at tea as England managed a significant lead of 123 runs. Bairstow played confidently and was unbeaten on 62 at the interval while Woakes was unbeaten on 55 as the hosts reached 230/5.advertisementIn the last session, Woakes came out attacking and played the aggressor’s role as England looked to get quick runs. He attacked the likes of Kuldeep, Hardik and raced ahead of Bairstow and finally completed his hundred in the 71st over while Bairstow was batting on 91 off 138 balls. Bairstow eventually fell for 93 off 144 balls to Pandya.YESSSSS!!! Maiden Test century for @chriswoakes!!Socrecard/Videos: Cricket (@englandcricket) August 11, 2018Also read – Ben Stokes had at least 7 vodka drinks and 3 beers before Bristol pub brawlWoakes hit 15 fours in his innings as England continued to dominate the second Test.Earlier, with the ball, Woakes picked up 2/19 from six overs as India were bowled out for 107 on day two of the Test match.And, Woakes’ innings now, will give Joe Root a problem of plenty when Stokes is again available for selection. Stokes, who starred in the first match, picked up four wickets in the second innings to guide England to a win on the fourth day of the Edgbaston Test by 31 runs.Also read – Ben Stokes ‘mocked gay men’ before Bristol pub brawl: ProsecutorStokes is currently undergoing trial in Bristol for his involvement in a brawl earlier in the year. Prosecutors say Stokes was the “main aggressor” in a fight that broke out outside the nightclub. Stokes had gone out with teammate Alex Hales after England’s win over West Indies in an ODI in Bristol.But in a statement provided to police and heard in court Wednesday, Stokes said he only stepped in after hearing two men being homophobic toward two other men.Stokes said “matters had become too serious to ignore and that I had to intervene.”Also read – Ben Stokes, amid legal battle, sends out emotional message for EnglandStokes himself is accused of earlier mocking the gay men outside the club and flicking a cigarette butt at them. Stokes denies taunting them, telling police they “thanked me for preventing them from being beaten up.”Questions on his availability remains as the trial is still on and the judgement will decide if he is again able to play for England in the upcoming Test matches or not.last_img read more