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12 Aug 2018

#IndiaInEngland: Woakes realizes boyhood dream after his ton at Lord's

Woakes continues be on song at Lord's

They say dreams do come true when you work hard towards accomplishing them.

And England all-rounder, Chris Woakes, has fulfilled his boyhood dream of raising his bat to a standing ovation at Lord's, cricket's most iconic ground.

The all-rounder, who suffered an injury during the IPL 2018, struck a fluent unbeaten ton (120*) on Day 3 of the ongoing second Test against India.

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Woakes continues be on song at Lord's
Woakes strikes maiden Test ton at Lord's

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Woakes strikes maiden Test ton at Lord's

Woakes came at the crease when England were reeling at 131/5.

The promising middle-order batsman then added a 189-run stand with Jonny Bairstow (93) to take the game away from the jaded visitors, who are now on the verge of going down 0-2 in the 5-match series.

Woakes struck 120 off just 159 balls, hitting 18 fours.

The player slammed his maiden Test ton.

Incredible

Getting a Test ton at Lord's is an incredible feeling

Woakes realized his dream after scoring his first ton at Lord's in his comeback match.

An elated Woakes said in the post-match conference that, "That feeling of raising your bat to a standing ovation at Lord's is a bit of a boyhood dream. But it's an incredible feeling."

He also admitted that he was quite nervous while reaching the three-mark figure.

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To etch your name on Honors Board is a dream

Lord's

To etch your name on Honors Board is a dream

With this century, Woakes now finds his name thrice on Honors Board at this venue.

He has a five-for, ten-for and a ton at Lord's.

These boards commemorate cricketers, who excel in the Test matches played at this ground.

Lord's is in a space of its own and to etch your name on these boards is a dream of every cricketer.

Impressive

Woakes impresses in absence of Stokes

He dismissed Virat Kohli on Day 2 and the next day he brought up a match-winning century.

The player cited that filling the shoes of Ben Stokes is quite a task and he is glad it came off.

He also added that getting an in-form Kohli's wicket was an achievement.

Woakes is likely to play alongside Stokes in the 3rd Test.

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