Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes has agreed a winter contract with Wellington Firebirds

Last Updated: 05/10/12 3:52pm

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Chris Woakes: Winter move to Wellington

Chris Woakes: Winter move to Wellington

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Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes will spend the winter in New Zealand after agreeing a short-term deal with Wellington Firebirds.

Linking up with fellow Warwickshire player Jeetan Patel, Woakes is scheduled to play three first-class matches for Wellington and will make his debut in the Plunket Shield on November 26 against the Auckland Aces at Eden Park.

He will also feature in eight HRV Cup t20 matches and the playoffs should the Firebirds qualify.

The move will present the 23-year-old with a perfect opportunity to press home his claim for Test honours with England, who will tour New Zealand in February and March.

Commenting on the deal, Woakes said: "Joining Wellington as the club's overseas player is a great opportunity for me, and I'm really looking forward to joining up with Jeets and the rest of the Firebirds squad. With James Franklin and Jesse Ryder also in the team I'm sure it's one that can challenge for honours.

"With England starting a full tour of New Zealand in February next year, it's also a really good chance for me to make a big impression and hopefully the selectors will be following my progress and seeing what I can do in these conditions."

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