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Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

England 10-3 for series clean sweep after convincing Lord's triumph

All-rounder Chris Woakes man of the match

England are 10-3 to complete a clean sweep in their five-Test series with India after going 2-0 up with a victory by an innings and 159 runs at Lord's on Sunday.

The Three Lions triumphed inside four days in St John's Wood despite Thursday's complete washout and further rain delays, with recalled all-rounder Chris Woakes named man of the match for his 137 not out and telling spells in both of India's innings.

Woakes had been 35-1 to be the top England first-innings runscorer, but sealed that accolade when Joe Root declared on 396-7 with his side holding a 289-run advantage. Woakes took the final wicket to fall for a match haul of 4-43. 

James Anderson, England's leading first-innings wicket-taker with 5-20 in India's 107, and veteran new-ball partner Stuart Broad did most of the Sunday damage with four victims apiece in their second-innings total of 130.

Anderson accounted for openers Murali Vijay and KL Rahul before an early lunch and returned in the evening to mop up two tailenders. Broad ran through the middle-order including captain Virat Kohli for 17 and Dinesh Karthik for a golden duck.      

The Three Lions are 10-3 for a 4-1 success while a 4-0 home win is 7-2. A drawn series is now an  18-1 chance and India are 28-1 to complete a sensational recovery and steal the spoils 3-2.

The third Test starts at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Saturday.

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Woakes was 35-1 to be the top England first-innings runscorer, honours confirmed when Joe Root declared on 396-7 and holding a 289-run advantage
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