James Anderson and Stuart Broad shared eight wickets before Chris Woakes completed a brilliant return to worldwide duty with the final blow as England thrashed India by an innings and 159 runs in the second Test at Lord's on Sunday.
James Anderson then took over with the ball.
"He's a special, special commodity, isn't he?"
"We were fortunate with how the clouds came to work for us".
"There's been chat about his longevity but at the minute he's bowling better than he ever has before. But we haven't played the complete game yet".
"His record suggest just that - 100 wickets here at Lord's now".
"For him to be performing as he is, is something else".
There are no such worries for Root other than what fate might befall his great friend in Stokes who now looks sure to miss the third Test and quite probably the whole series even if he is found not guilty in the next few days.
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England take a 2-0 series lead to Trent Bridge this week as they beat the rain to bowl out the visitors for 130 in their second innings, with Stuart Broad (4-44) claiming four in a devastating second spell.
Chris Woakes extended his overnight score of 120 to 137 not out. I don't see any lack of fight, or lack of trying (from them). That's what's been the difference. "But it's important we don't get complacent, arrogant". "For the first time in the last five Tests, we were outplayed", said captain Virat Kohli at the post-match presentation.
His century saw Woakes become just the fourth cricketer after England's Gubby Allen and Ian Botham and Australia's Keith Miller to have scored a century and taken 10 or more wickets in a Test at Lord's, with the Warwickshire star returning match figures of 11 for 102 at the "home of cricket" against Pakistan two years ago.
"He's a big part of our squad, all three formats, it's been a frustrating summer for him, he's been injured for a long part of it". But one can not take anything away from the English bowlers, who made the most of the conditions. It was worth probably 550 on another wicket.
"The back is one thing that can be very tricky...but the good thing is I have five days before the next Test", he said.
Asked to put a finger on where exactly the India batsmen had failed, Kohli underlined the absence of partnerships in the second Test as an example. He didn't disappoint - he bowled exceptionally well in those conditions, and it must have been very hard to come up against that. "We need a competitive game, and a close series". The Indian opening batsman has been out of form for some time now, and it has really begun to put pressure on the lower order batsmen. India now have a tough task ahead of them to overturn a 2-0 deficit.
Another former batsman Vinod Kambli said India have plenty to think about ahead of the next Test. When a team plays like that, they deserve to be on the winning side.