England drop Woakes for 3rd Windies Test

It was Warwickshire man's first game for England after he suffered a side strain in the opening match of the Champions Trophy in June.

Those familiar top-order frailties that have dogged England for what now seems an eternity were laid bare in overcast, gloomy, late-evening conditions under the Lord's floodlights.

Woakes was brought in for Roland-Jones in the second test but England decided his return from a long-term injury was a little premature.

"Headingley was just one cricket game - we can't dwell on it - and we've still got a series to win", said skipper Jason Holder.

But the Windies produced a great batting performance to win that clash by five wickets and level the series 1-1 ahead of the final match at Lord's.

He further said, "I grew up at a time when West Indies dominated the world".

Shai Hope, a double centurion in the second test, carried on where he left off at Headingley as he struck Anderson for two boundaries in the first three balls he faced. A third would surely prove decisive in this match.

However, it is in Test cricket where his true value is perhaps best shown.

"There has to be effect and relevance to test match cricket, but it will never happen", the 63-year-old said.

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As at Headingley he was only required to bowl one spell but this one lasted for 14.3 overs and was only interrupted by the tea interval. The only break he had was the 20 minutes for tea.

India have an envious Test record under Kohli with the team winning their eighth series in a row, albeit in the sub-continent.

Law hoped the success of Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite would inspire their team-mates and suggested the side's success might convince some of their detractors - not least Nasser Hussain, who wrote a newspaper column that underwhelmed the West Indies dressing room - to think again.

It was at the "home of cricket" where the 35-year-old Lancashire paceman made his Test debut against Zimbabwe back in 2003 - a match where he took five wickets in the first innings.

But as his haircut has become ever more conventional, so too has Anderson's ability to indulge in "sledging" or verbal sparring with the opposition become ever more noticeable.

Roach had both openers Mark Stoneman (1) and Alastair Cook (10) caught behind by wicket-keeper Shane Dowrich to immediately put England on the backfoot. Eventually, it started with a couple of hours to go and England still had time.

Holding though has dismissed Lara's comments. The Essex batsman's grip on the No3 position is now seriously tenuous.

No 3 Tom Westley, meanwhile, gets another chance to stake his claim for an Ashes tour place in the final long-form outing before the trip Down Under this winter.

  • Julie Sanders