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

India's Cheteshwar Pujara left and head coach Ravi Shastri talk during a nets session at Edgbaston a day ahead of the 1st test cricket match between England and India

Anderson's new ball partner Stuart Broad then joined the party with the wicket of Ashwin, who looked good during his 38-ball stay, that also included four fearless hits to the fence.

Play resumed with England, 1-0 up in a five-match series after their 31-run win at Edgbston last week, yet to bat. As so often happens they did not have to wait long fir the second wicket, Alastair Cook caught behind for 21 off Ishant Sharma (one for 26) to leave England on 32 for two.

While the cloud cover that had aided England's bowlers on day two was absent on a bright morning in St John's Wood, there was still ample movement for the Indian seamers during the morning session.

Unfortunately for the tourists Buttler got 24 off 35 balls - quick scoring on this wicket - before he was LBW off Shami (three for 67). With the partnership appearing to take the game away from India, Hardik struck at a vital juncture in the game trapping Pope (28) plumb in front.

It was Shami - once again - that prevented further damage as he took advantage of Buttler's tendency to walk across his stumps to pick up another LBW.

Together with Jonny Bairstow, Woakes soon set about turning that around.

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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.

On Friday, during the rain-affected day two of the second Test, Arjun, who is now in London for a training session with MCC Young Cricketers, helped out the grand staff at Lord's.

India, who opted to play another spinner in the second Test, could not stop the flow of runs and looked desperately short of pace options.

Woakes had already impressed with the ball, dismissing India captain Virat Kohli in taking 2-19 on Friday, but was arguably even more impressive with the bat from number seven.

With the sun shining it looked like flawless batting conditions, but the rare rainfall of the previous two days in London still gave the India attack hope they could bowl their side back into he match.

We hardly bowled any bad balls, we didn't give them much to hit, and when you build pressure like that all day, no matter who you are, it is hard.

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