Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
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Anderson: our attack would have run through any line-up today

Anderson: our attack would have run through any line-up today

His innings meant Woakes became just the 10th cricketer after England's Gubby Allen, Ray Illingworth, Ian Botham, Andrew Flintoff, Broad, Stokes, Australia's Keith Miller, the West Indies" Garfield Sobers and India's Vinoo Mankad to get his name on both the Lord's honours boards that record all those who have scored a century or taken five or more wickets in an innings during a Test at the "home of cricket'.

Anderson picked up where he left off in the first innings (5-20), having Murali Vijay caught behind for his second duck of the match.

Yes, India have traditionally struggled against the moving ball in England and had the very worst of conditions here from the moment Root won an important toss but this was a brutal defeat for a proud captain in Virat Kohli.

Sam Curran struck 22 not out from 24 balls as England chose to continue batting despite Sunday's forecast predicting rain.

Kohli remains the heartbeat of India's batting line-up and having survived a review the delivery before, with England convinced the visitors captain had gloved the ball behind to Jonny Bairstow, he was not so lucky the next ball.

The only question then was whether India could take the game into a final day but the answer emphatically was that they could not, with Anderson again magnificent in going past 100 wickets at Lord's and Woakes again superb.


To start with they had had a look at England bowlers, and with Ben Stokes missing - second only to James Anderson for the amount of swing he produced last week - and Cheteshwar Pujara brought in to strengthen their card, that improvement did not seem totally unreasonable. It is first time in the last five Test matches we've been outplayed.

Earlier, India chose to play with two spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav, whereas Cheteshwar Pujara had a horrific return to Test cricket.

It wasn't a great test for India captain Virat Kohli. James Anderson (4-23) once again toyed with the Indian batsmen, taking his match tally to nine, and equally effective was Stuart Broad (4-44).

"I was probably getting a little bit nervous", Woakes said. "I was feeling in really good rhythm". He trapped Pandya leg before, and England quickly surged to victory. "Their guys were relentless; they made us work for the runs", he said.

"Trying to get the ball out of Broad's and Jimmy's [Anderson's] hands when it's like that can be tricky, " Woakes said.

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