India vs England, Lord’s Test: LBWs galore, wasted reviews and other talking points from day three

Presenting the main talking points from day three of the second Test at Lord’s, which saw England recover from 89/4 to 357/6 at stumps, thanks to a splendid maiden Test century from Chris Woakes and 93 to Jonny Bairstow.

SCORECARD | DAY TWO, AS IT HAPPENED

England’s wasted review No 1

Until he was trapped lbw by Mohammed Shami, the left-hander Keaton Jennings had displayed some lovely wristwork, getting tall to allow the ball come to him before working it away. At 28 without loss, England appeared to have sussed out the Lord’s surface and India’s new-ball pair, but then out of nowhere, Shami struck. Bowling from around the stumps, he swung a full ball into Jennings who was late on the flick. Aleem Dar raised the finger in a flash, but ending reviewed it. Replays showed it was plumb, which brought some of the spotlight onto how poorly Cook advised Jennings from the non-striker’s end.

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England’s wasted review No 2 

Ollie Pope, the 20-year-old debutant, looked good during his 28 but a promising innings was ended on 28 when Hardik Pandya, bowling from wide of the crease, angled the ball into the right-hander’s pads. Pope, who had displayed a tendency to whip across the line extravagantly, missed it and reviewed Dar’s lbw decision. It was a gamble that did not pay off, and like Jennings’ earlier, it proved a wasted call.

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Lbw appeal 

On the stroke of the lunch interval, Shami got the wicket India really needed: Joe Root. The England captain, on 19, got a lovely ball that pitched just short of a good length and cut in sharply to hit him lower than he would have expected it to. The angle was bang on, and Root was caught stone dead. England were out of reviews, but it would not have mattered because Shami had nailed his man plumb in front.

The template of hitting the batsmen’s pads continued after lunch. The fourth one to be given lbw was Jots Buttler for 24, trapped by a full and straight delivery from Shami that tailed in and hit the front pad. Once again Dar had no hesitation in lifting the finger of fate, and as replays showed it was the correct call.

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Woakes, the lord of Lord’s 

If Woakes’ double-wicket spell on Friday evening was breathtaking, his batting on Saturday was lyrical. Woakes played a big part in England’s dominance from 131/5 to 357/6, punching his way to a maiden Test century. The 29-year-old, who a month ago became a father, underlined the all-round skill that has marked him out as special with a superlative performance to get his name on the Lord’s honours board for a third time – for five wickets, ten wickets and a century at the hallowed venue.

When bad light stopped play, Woakes’ batting average at Lord’s after three Test was 122, in addition with 16 wickets an less than 10 apiece. How’s that for being a substitute allrounder?

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Kohli’s captaincy

R Ashwin got his first over of the match in the 39th over of England’s innings. Kuldeep Yadav came in as early as the 13th, but was used sporadically across four spells which proved very average. Ashwin is one of the rare spinners in Test cricket who thrives when given the new ball, and his early dismissals of Cook in the first Test underlined this. The track was different in Birmingham, of course, but did Kohli miss a trick by not trying out Ashwin for a few overs early in the day?

As it became evident that spin was not going to be effective on this Lord’s surface, Kohli’s usage of Kuldeep – he swapped Hardik Pandya when he was in good rhythm – across nine wicketless overs, and Ashwin for 17, seemed almost rudderless. As if he had to bowl them out of compulsion.

After the first day was washed out, India had a chance to reassess the conditions. England played four pace bowlers and Adil Rashid, but did not bowl the leg spinner once. Did Kohli and the team management misread the Lord’s surface?