Chris Woakes continued a superb return to England duty with a maiden Test century against India at Lord´s on Saturday as the home side took a firm grip on the match. "That feeling of raising your bat to a standing ovation at Lord's is a bit of a boyhood dream".
Given India's struggles against the moving ball on the opening day, when they were dismissed for 107, England could have afforded to declare earlier, particularly as Anderson found movement straight away.
Bairstow received sound support from the correct Woakes, selected after fellow all-rounder Ben Stokes was omitted because of clash with his ongoing trial for affray.
England's highest sixth-wicket partnership against India has given the hosts a good chance of taking a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. That followed a first-day washout in London on Thursday.
Jos Buttler (24) got in and got out before he too fell lbw aiming across the line as Shami took a third wicket this innings.
However, having become the first batsmen to pass 30 in the match, Woakes and Bairstow took England to 230-5 tea, before going on the attack in the evening session.
That brought in Chris Woakes (55 not out) and alongside Jonny Bairstow he ensured more pain for India.
"I went from 60 to 80 pretty quickly and all of a sudden started thinking about it". For the Lord's test, skipper Virat Kohli made 2 big changes as test specialist batsman Cheteshwar Pujara and left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav have been recalled to the team in place of Shikhar Dhawan and Umesh Yadav.
After a delay of more than two hours, the players returned for 12 balls, during which Kohli and Pujara groped around trying to find the ball as Anderson and Stuart Broad terrorised them under leaden skies.
A quick word from Bairstow helped Woakes to compose himself and a pull shot over mid-wicket for three took him to the landmark off just 129 balls.
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. But England " s batting has often proved fallible recently.