ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: English Pacer Chris Woakes Doesn’t Feel Safe About His World Cup Spot
English pacer Chris Woakes has recently impressed with the ball in hand. However, he doesn’t feel that his place is safe for the upcoming Cricket World Cup yet.
England cricket team is currently dominating in ODI cricket. Since May 2018, England has maintained the top-rank in ODI cricket. While their batsmen are high performers in these days, English bowling is also growing up gradually.
Chris Woakes believes that their batting and bowling are facing good competition in the present international cricket.
He recently said, “The batters have obviously set the benchmark over the last few years, there’s always been competition for places there – more so maybe than the bowling – and this, I suppose, has done the same for the bowlers. It’s always good to have competition; at the international level, that’s always going to be the case.”
I’m pleased I managed to put in a good performance – Chris Woakes
The 30-year-old right-arm pacer Chris Woakes has played 87 ODIs since his ODI debut in January 2011. He has taken 121 wickets in his ODI career and currently, he is England’s best-ranked ODI (18) pacer. The national selectors have already picked up Woakes in the 15-member preliminary Team England squad for the upcoming Cricket World Cup.
Woakes is currently busy in the ongoing five-match home ODI series against Pakistan. While this series’ performances will assure the forthcoming Cricket World Cup spot, Woakes recently took four wickets in Bristol ODI. While all the bowlers struggled in that high-scoring match, where we saw the 350+ totals in both innings, Woakes provided a brilliant start with the new ball. At the end of that match, Woakes had the bowling figures of 10-0-67-4.
Despite that impressive performance, Woakes doesn’t feel that his spot is safe for the upcoming Cricket World Cup yet.
Woakes said, “Safe is probably not the word, but you always feel like you need to put in performances, and I’m pleased I managed to put in a good performance today.
“You hope you are safe, but I suppose until that squad’s selected, you’re not. Hopefully, I am, but we’ll see.”
We don’t talk about who is going to miss out – Chris Woakes about the English dressing room
Every team can change their announced Cricket World Cup squad until 23rd May. However, Woakes has clarified that their dressing room never thinks about this.
He added, “Someone, unfortunately, will miss out, but we don’t sit in the dressing room talking about, ‘is it going to be me?’, ‘is it going to be you?’ I think everyone knows it’s there and it’s creating a good competitive edge to the team, but we don’t talk about who is going to miss out and who is going to be selected.”
The 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will run from 30th May to 14th July. England will play as the host side (England and Wales) in this upcoming Cricket World Cup. They will play the opening game of this tournament against South Africa at The Oval (London) on 30th May.
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