Chris Woakes confident to play all group games for England in World Cup

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Chris Woakes News: England’s star all-rounder Chris Woakes is very much confident that he will play all the five group games for the English side in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.

Woakes, who made a return to the English side last month after an operation to his right knee in spring, was in dilemma to play team’s first match on Saturday. But he passed a fitness test and convinced the management to play in England’s opening game.

The 33-year-old all-rounder took a wicket in his 4 over spell while giving just 24 in the game that England won by 5 wickets.

“You do feel as though you can’t catch a break and that’s in the back of your mind,” he said. “But as a fast bowler you are going to pick up niggles here and there, and rarely do guys bowl at 100 per cent.

“There was probably a little bit of risk going into face Afghanistan but I was desperate to play and (England) were happy to go with my lead in terms of how I felt and my experience of how my body felt.

“It’s just with a muscle injury you can make it worse and with it being a relatively short tournament you don’t want it to get any worse. This was the game I was worried about coming too quickly.

“Having got through four overs and fielding for 20 overs, and getting through my fitness test, I feel in a good place. Fingers crossed, if I’m selected, I’m available for all five (Super 12s group games).”

England Vs Afghanistan T20 World Cup 2022

England bowlers did a brilliant job at the Perth pitch on Saturday against Afghanistan. And the team now heading towards Melbourne for its next game. The weather at Melbourne is unpredictable. But there is a forecast of showers on match day – Wednesday. And Woakes feels that the overcast condition will help.

“If it’s overcast and swinging around, I’m more than happy for it to be like that,” Woakes added.

“It’s usually hot sunshine and flat wickets here, so I’m more than happy for it to be a bowler-dominated tournament. But whether that’s the case I’m not sure.

“Hopefully the ball does move in the air, that certainly helps us as a bowling unit, so we’ll see. Maybe we’ll feel at home with all the rain.”

England to play against Ireland on Wednesday 

After starting the tournament with a 5-wicket win over Afghanistan on Saturday. The English side will now play against Ireland on Wednesday for which English side is planning to bring in Chris Jordan and David Willey in order to cut some workload. From the shoulders of Mark Wood and Chris Woakes.

“We know they’re a dangerous team,” Woakes added. “For any team to come through the group they’ve just come through, to knock out West Indies, you’ve got to be able to play some good cricket.

“They’ve got some dangerous players and some players we know relatively well from around the English county circuit. It’s a huge game for both teams and we’ll be looking forward to the challenge.”

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