Woakes caught off-guard by maiden Test hundred

England v India 2018 tour

England allrounder Chris Woakes admits to being at a loss as to how to celebrate his maiden Test hundred that came against India at Lord’s on day three of the third Test.

Woakes helped pull England up from a tricky position to one of dominance with an unbeaten 120 that powered the hosts to 357 for 6 at stumps.

Speaking to Sky Sports Woakes said: “It’s hard to put into words. It wasn’t on my radar at the start of the day.

“But it’s an incredible feeling to raise your bat at Lord’s and put the team into a good position.

“I didn’t really know what to do at three figures! It’s a unique feeling and it will stay with more forever.”

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The allrounder revealed that England will look to bat on on Sunday to put themselves in position to complete an innings win.

The concern for England will be that the rain which marred the first two days may make a return on both Sunday and Monday and rob Joe Root’s side of a deserved victory.

Woakes added: “Potentially but I think we would want a few more. We do need to take into consideration the forecast but that isn’t always accurate. So I think we will want a few more and then if the conditions are right for us, happy days.”

There has been a marked difference in how much the ball has moved when there is cloud cover versus when it is clear but England should still be in the pound seats provided they can get a full quota of overs in on the remaining two days.