Chris Woakes called up as replacement for James Anderson
England have called up all rounder Chris Woakes as a replacement for injured pace spearhead James Anderson for the test series against South Africa. Anderson was ruled out of the Boxing Day test against the Proteas in Durban after failing to pass a fitness test. England pacer Stuart Broad confirmed that Woakes was in line to replace Anderson for the first test.
“Of course it’s disappointing when you lose the spearhead of your attack but I think, rather than it being a ruled out of the series type thing, it’s just a slight niggle and the management decided that it really wasn’t worth the risk in the first match of the series,” Broad said.
“We have such depth in the squad that there’s no need to take a risk, it’s not a hammer blow to us. “Steven Finn coming back to fitness and bowling so nicely last week, (hence) we have got the depth to cover. “Woakes has been a consistent performer in the United Arab Emirates one-dayers and has continued that rhythm here. “These sort of wickets are the type that you want to see Steven Finn bowl on, good bounce, a bit of seam and he showed that against South Africa A,” said Broad.
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