ENG vs WI 2017: Chris Woakes Keen to Play Historic Day-Night Test
After a frustrating spell on the sidelines due to injury, England all-rounder Chris Woakes is desperate to return to the Test team.
Woakes had become a regular in England’s playing eleven in all the three formats before a side strain barely two overs into England’s Champions Trophy opener against Bangladesh at The Oval kept him on the sidelines for close to three months.
Now that he has been recalled into the Test team and England are preparing for the historic day-night clash against West Indies at Edgbaston, the Warwickshire star is hoping to make it to the playing eleven.
Expressing his delight over returning to the team, Woakes said he is fit but admitted that getting into the playing eleven is out of his hands.
“The side’s good. It was a long eight weeks or so,” Woakes told Sky Sports. “I’m feeling fit but whether I play or not is out of my hands but it’s great to be back in the squad and to be around the group again.
“I’m pleased with where I’m at but I would have liked to have got more cricket in. Because of all the T20 games, there was only one County Championship match, but I got a couple of second XI games in before that,” he added.
Woakes can find it tough to play the series-opener against West Indies, as during his absence, England included Toby Roland-Jones as the third pacer and the Middlesex star made an immediate impact, taking eight wickets on his debut against South Africa at The Oval.
On the other hand, Woakes has managed to play only one first-class match since recovering from the injury. However, he managed to give an impressive performance, taking a five-wicket haul and a second innings fifty during Warwickshire’s 190-run First Division County Championship win over Middlesex at the Lord’s.
Woakes said it would be great for him if he can be a part of the playing eleven during the historic match.
“To play the first day-night Test match, on my home ground, would be great. There’s a great vibe around the place,” the 28-year old said. “It would be great to be in the team, it would be a great experience and I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Speaking about the pink-ball, he said:
“It’s worked in other places around the world already and it’s exciting and will hopefully bring in some new spectators.”
“Last night was the first time I bowled and trained with the pink ball. Everyone said it would be around twilight when it would be most tricky under lights and it looked that way last night. It moved around a bit at that period and when it gets dark it gets a bit easier. It was a bit different. Not like a white ball, not like a red ball, somewhere in between.I guess that’s the best time to bowl. And the more we play with it, the more we’ll learn about it,” he added.
The upcoming match starting from Thursday (August 17) will be the first day-night Test in England. The day-night Tests have been already played in Australia and UAE before.
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