Dean Jones expects India to bounce back after Lord’s defeat

Chris Woakes reached 55 not out at tea on day three at Lord's

Chris Woakes reached 55 not out at tea on day three at Lord's

Batting legend V.V.S. Laxman, who earned 134 Test caps, feels that the Indian batsmen need to apply themselves in the hard English conditions.

The other dilemma could be captaincy in case Kohli is not fit in time for the Trent Bridge Test, staring August 18. Special performance from everyone but Chris Woakes was off the scale. At lunch, India were 17 for 2.

Woakes made a pretty decent stab of replacing him here with his maiden Test century and two second innings wickets to add to his two from the first that earned him the man of the match award ahead of Anderson. Any chances of avoiding an innings then soon disappeared after Broad removed Kohli to leave India reeling at 61 for 5.

As problems go it is not a bad one to have, and with the ball so far dominating the bat and India reeling from a fairly humiliating defeat at Lord's, suddenly it looks like it is going to take something special to stop England's bowlers running away with the series. Tendulkar's Twitter post read, "An all-round performance by England".

Stokes and Sam Curran - the player preferred to Woakes for the first test at Edgbaston - both impressed as England won with a day to spare despite Thursday being completely washed out. It was on the senior team's insistence that we send the India A team during the same time starting the concept of "Shadow Tour" Two senior India players (M Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane) were accommodated for A team games.

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Anderson took his tally for the match to nine wickets by removing Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Shami for ducks, before Woakes fittingly finished the job with Ishant Sharma caught at leg slip to put the hosts in firm control of the series. Play on a basketball court, or football pitch, in London, Los Angeles or Lagos and the fundamental terms of engagement between the two sides is the same.

"To get to a position where we could declare after Jonny and Woakesy's magnificent partnership, I am chuffed to bits for Woakesy to get a hundred", said Root. "I should be okay", he said.

With the India captain hampered by his back, Broad forced him on to the back foot and kept him playing and missing outside off stump, before Kohli gloved the ball on to his hip and the catch was taken by Ollie Pope at a deepish short leg. Jones, who has an impressive batting average of 70.75 in his six Tests in England, stated: "Maybe they (India) needed this before a World Cup coming up". They not learning from mistakes has been very disappointing to watch.

"I am not very proud of the way we played to be honest".

Virender Sehwag lamented the poor showing from the visiting batsmen and hoped that they have the mental strength to overcome disastrous displays in the remainder of the England tour. While we all want to stand by our team and support them when they don't do well, going down without a fight is very disappointing to watch.

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