Ben who? England did not miss their absent friend in the least at Lord's where they moved to the brink of a series win against the best team in the world by dominating an utterly one-sided second Test.
Alastair Cook (21), Keaton Jennings (11), debutant Ollie Pope (28) and Joe Root (19) were the batsmen to have been dismissed, with England 18 runs behind India's first innings total.
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.
It wasn't a great test for India captain Virat Kohli.
In fact, with India being bowled out twice in just 82.2 overs and England batting for 88 this was a Lord's Test that in effect lasted for less than two day's play.
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India had recalled left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who tormented England during the preceding one-day series, for just his third Test after dropping paceman Umesh Yadav, who bowled well at Edgbaston.
Kohli, who did not participate when India took the field at the start of play because of a stiff back, was in obvious discomfort.
Their unbroken sixth-wicket stand was so far worth 99 runs and all the more valuable for the fact that England had slumped to 89 for four on the stroke of lunch.
England captain Joe Root hailed his bowlers and centurion: "The bowling unit were exceptional throughout the whole game - the conditions were in our favour but you still have to ask questions and we did". James Anderson, their most successful bowler ran through the Indian batting line-up with a five-wicket haul. And that might serve as a blessing in disguise for Virat Kohli's men and boost their chances of saving the Test match.
Talking about his injury, Kohli said: "I should be fine". Also, to get to a position where we could declare after Jonny and Woakesy's magnificent partnership. "I was feeling in really good rhythm".
This, in the form of the sublime bowling of the master craftsman in Jimmy Anderson and an all-round performance of considerable substance from Stokes replacement in Chris Woakes, was the flawless antidote to Bristol. I am chuffed to bits for Woakesy to get a hundred. Ultimately little highlighted India's troubles against the moving ball more than the scoreboard at the end of the day - 107 all out - their hopes in this Test disappearing down the drain as fast as the puddles in the outfield had earlier in the afternoon.