Woakes eager for England chance

Warwickshire seamer 'desperate' to play on home patch

Last Updated: 04/07/12 6:16am

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Chris Woakes: Warwickshire seamer hoping to feature for England on his home ground

Chris Woakes: Warwickshire seamer hoping to feature for England on his home ground

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Chris Woakes feels ready to make an impact should he be required by England in Wednesday's third one-day international against Australia on his home ground of Edgbaston.

England have the chance to clinch the five-match series after victories at Lord's and The Oval but will have to make changes to their bowling attack.

Jade Dernbach and Stuart Meaker will miss the Birmingham match on compassionate leave to attend the funeral of former Surrey team-mate Tom Maynard in Wales, while James Anderson sat out the win at The Oval with a groin injury.

Dernbach, who replaced Anderson at The Oval, is ruled out of the remainder of the series with a side strain and it is unclear if - or when - Anderson will be able to return.

Woakes is likely to get the chance to earn his fifth one-day international cap, but first on English soil after three appearances in Australia and one in Dublin during 2011.

The 23-year-old damaged ankle ligaments during pre-season but returned for Warwickshire in mid-May and has since rediscovered his form.


"I'm desperate to take part," he said. "The weather here at Edgbaston hasn't been fantastic but we are hoping the groundstaff will clear things up and we'll get a full game in tomorrow.

"It was a shame to miss the start of the season through injury but I feel like I've overcome that well.

"I've been in the gym and got stronger in certain areas where I needed to improve. I feel like my cricket's going in the right direction and I'm in good form, so it's nice to be involved.

"It's an opportunity. But if Jimmy's fit tomorrow, then obviously I won't play."

England, already the top ranked Test side in the world, can replace Australia as world number ones in the ODI format with a 5-0 series whitewash.

"We are 2-0 up and the idea is to win tomorrow and seal the series," added Woakes. "We are not looking any further ahead than that.

"Hopefully we can do that and put in a good performance for the crowd at Edgbaston."

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