England v India: Chris Woakes hails ‘brilliant’ hosts

England v India: Chris Woakes revels in a "fantastic" day one of the final Test after dismissing India and finishing on 62-0

Chris Woakes heaped praise on “fantastic” England after bowling India out for 148 before finishing on 62-0 at the close of play on day one of the final Test.

Woakes took three wickets, as did fellow England bowler Chris Jordan, helping England to capitalise on a strong start after seasoned members of their attack, James Anderson and Stuart Broad, struck early at The Oval.

To bowl them out for under 150 is fantastic, and the way the boys batted at the end was brilliant

Chris Woakes

Only India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni offered any resistant to an irrepressible England attack with an innings of 82 before being caught by Woakes off the bowling of Broad as the Notts man and Anderson finished with a brace of wickets each.

England captain Alastair Cook survived an early lbw scare as the 29-year-old and Sam Robson laid the foundations for the hosts’s innings, finishing on 62-0 at the close of play on Friday.

“To bowl them out for under 150 is fantastic, and the way the boys batted at the end was brilliant,” Woakes told BBC Sport.

“Dhoni played pretty well. When he’s in that sort of mood he’s pretty good at it. But we would have taken that (148) at the start of the day. The pitch was a little bit helpful for us today and we got the rewards for it.”

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