ENG vs SL: Chris Woakes opens up after being picked in England’s T20I side after six years – England all-rounder Chirs Woakes, who last played a T20I game for his country way back in 2015, was picked by the England Cricket Board in the T20I squad for Sri Lanka’s tour of England. Woakes expressed that he will be taking this as an opportunity and he does not take any squad selection for granted.
“I haven’t been in this squad for a while and I look at this as an opportunity. It is great for me to be back amongst the squad. I don’t take any squad selection for granted, I am certainly not just here to make up the numbers – if I get a go I will be trying to stake a claim. I also realise there are a few injuries knocking around but that doesn’t take anything away from me being part of this England team and putting my hand up to be part of this World Cup – with two World Cups around the corner,” he told ESPN Cricinfo.
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Eoin Morgan’s England side will host the Kusal Perera’s Sri Lanka team for the three-matches T20I series to kick start their limited-overs tour. The first two games of the series will be played at the Sophia Gardens, Cardiff while the third game will be played at the Rose Bowl, Southampton.
Woakes has been travelling with England team since September but could not find a place in the playing XI in any format. He has expressed that he would push himself for the T20 World Cup in India.
“I just want to put it behind me really and look to what’s ahead. It’s certainly been a tough seven or eight months since last September. It all bubbles up to a really frustrating time. Not playing a single game all winter, after the summer I had, almost felt like a bit of a waste for me. Still great to be with the squad but you want to be playing cricket and making the most of your form when you’re hot,” the English all-rounder said.
Even after not getting a game since September Chris took the break and decided not to play the New Zealand series.
“The IPL was very much on my shoulders. But it was tricky. The tests were scheduled late and as soon as I got out of isolation I would have had to play for Warwickshire after just a few days at home. It was in our hands and I decided a break with my family would do me good in the long run,” he concluded.