Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

England vs India 2nd Test, Day 3: Hosts lose openers Jennings, Cook

England vs India 2nd Test, Day 3: Hosts lose openers Jennings, Cook

Lord's has suffered its first washout in 17 years as rain prevented any play between England and India on day one of the second Test.

Woakes scored an unbeaten 120 in tricky conditions as England batted through a slightly abbreviated day to finish at 357 for six, while Jonny Bairstow contributed 93 to a record sixth-wicket partnership of 199 for England against India.

James Anderson took five wickets in ideal swing bowling conditions after rain prevented play on Thursday (Friday NZ time) and more showers allowed only 8.3 overs before the first prolonged passage of play began shortly after 5pm local time.

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England lead the current five-match series 1-0 after a 31-run victory in the first Test at Edgbaston last week. But England " s batting has often proved fallible recently.

But it was new-ball partner Mohammed Shami who made the breakthrough when Keaton Jennings (11) was lbw playing across the line. Five balls later Jennings " s fellow left-handed opener Alastair Cook (21) was out as well, caught behind off a superb Sharma delivery from around the wicket that squared him up and seamed away before finding the outside edge.

As expected England gave a Test debut to 20-year-old Surrey batsman Pope, who has competed in only 15 first-class matches but takes the place of the dropped Dawid Malan.

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And to what became the last ball before lunch, England captain Joe Root was lbw for 19 to an off-cutter from Shami, who also had Jos Buttler (24) leg before in a stumps return of three for 74 in 19 overs.

Batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was run out by England debutant Ollie Pope, after a mix-up with Virat Kohli.

Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav was brought in for seamer Umesh Yadav, joining off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in the slow bowling department.

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With Woakes, the first of England's three bowling all-rounders, at the crease alongside Bairstow, India could sense an opportunity to expose the tail.

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