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England skipper Joe Root (Photo | PTI)
England skipper Joe Root (Photo | PTI)
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Joe Root Benefitted From Playing White-Ball Cricket Against Sri Lanka

Joe Root, England Test captain has said that playing some 50-over cricket before the series against India has helped him gain rhythm back in his batting.

India bundled out England on 303 in the third session on Day 4 after Joe Root’s classy ton in the second innings. Joe Root played an all-important innings before India fought back as Jasprit Bumrah picked five wickets. It was Jasprit Bumrah’s second five-wicket haul at Trent Bridge. England has set a target of 209 for India and removed KL Rahul before stumps on Day 4.

Joe Root
Joe Root Photograph: Sri Lanka Cricket

Joe Root Felt Good To Get A Big Score And To Give England A Chance To Win

Stuart Broad struck to remove KL Rahul as India lost one wicket before Stumps to finish on 52/1, needing 157 runs to win on the final day. Joe Root got his 21st Test hundred with a straight drive for four off Shardul Thakur in the third session and broke into ecstatic celebrations. India posted 278 runs in the first innings in response to England’s 183, taking a lead of 95 runs.

“There has been a lot to handle. But it is important you find ways to handle that. You can let it weigh you down but you have to find solutions. It’s about trying to deal with what’s in front of you and not letting anything overwhelm you.”

“This morning I said to myself and to the group: just remember what is fun about cricket. It might be tough sometimes, it might be hard, but it’s fun. And it’s really important we all embrace that,” said Root during a virtual press conference held at the end of Day 4.

KL Rahul. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
KL Rahul. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Whatever the situation, whatever the conditions, and wherever you are in your own game, it’s important you go out there, enjoy the moment, and make the most of it. It felt pretty good to get a big score and get us into position to give us a chance of winning this Test,” he added.

England might have removed opening batsman KL Rahul in the final half-hour of the play but India needs just 157 runs to win the first Test on Sunday. India scored 52 runs after bundling out England in the third session. The visitors got off to a cautious start but eventually lost KL Rahul as Stuart Broad bowled an absolute peach of a delivery to dismiss the Indian batsman. KL Rahul had top-scored for India in the 1st innings, scoring 84.

Joe Root Benefitted From Playing White Ball Cricket

Joe Root referred to the series against Sri Lanka in June-July where he returned with unbeaten knocks of 68 and 79, saying he benefitted from playing limited-overs white-ball cricket. Joe Root was the leading scorer in the 3 ODIs as only he and Sri Lankan all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga managed to score 100 runs and above in the series.

“I’ve actually felt a real benefit from playing some white-ball cricket. I know it would be nice to have some red-ball cricket coming into this game but, from my point of view, playing 50-over cricket gave me some rhythm back in my batting,” said Root.

“I felt I got forward and back better. I was standing a lot taller a lot earlier, picking my bat up a lot earlier, I feel like I have got the rhythm back in my hands. I find 50-over cricket can be a massive help to my red-ball game,” he added.

England's Joe Root
England’s Joe Root AP Photo

Talking about the match situation, Root said: “I think as always you want more runs to play with, you have seen in this game, that cluster of wickets have fallen. We need to make those runs last as long as possible and we have to be good on the field. We need to take our chances, the belief will be there.”

Before the recent lean patch, Joe Root had scored two double centuries in three matches, including the 218 in the Chennai Test as he became the first to surpass the 1,000-mark this calendar year. He now has 1,064 Test runs in 2021.

Joe Root, who had failed to reach half-century in his last five Tests, ended up scoring 64 in the first innings and then came up with a masterful 109 helping England put up a much-improved batting show in their 2nd innings.

Sri Lanka Cricket(Photo credit: SLC Twitter)
Sri Lanka Cricket(Photo credit: SLC Twitter)
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Sri Lanka Cricket Bans Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, And Niroshan Dickwella For One Year, Fined 10 Million Rupees Each

Sri Lanka Cricket Friday announced that consequent to the recommendations made by the Independent Panel of Inquiry appointed by Sri Lanka Cricket, disciplinary action will be taken against cricketers Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, and Niroshan Dickwella, all of whom were found guilty of breaching the bio-bubble during the tour in England last month.

The Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket at its meeting held on 30th July has given due consideration to the recommendations of the Panel of Inquiry, and in further consideration of the impact to the individual players, and their contribution to the national team, have decided unanimously to impose the punishments on the three players.

Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella are two of three cricketers to be penalised AFP/Getty Images
Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella are two of three cricketers to be penalized AFP/Getty Images

Sri Lanka Cricket Bans Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, And Niroshan Dickwella For 1 Year Besides Imposing A Fine Of Sri Lanka Rupees 10 Million

Accordingly, the three cricketers have been suspended for one year from all forms of International Cricket and six months from Domestic Cricket. In addition, each player is imposed with a fine of Sri Lanka Rupees 10 million.

Upon completion of the said one-year ban, each player will be subjected to a further ban of one year from playing international Cricket which will be suspended for a period of two years. The cricketers are also to receive mandatory counseling under a doctor recommended by the SLC.

Danushka Gunathilaka | Ian Kington/AFP
Danushka Gunathilaka | Ian Kington/AFP

Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella were seen smoking in the streets of Durham, where they were based ahead of the ODI series. In a second video on social media, Danushka Gunathilaka is seen joining the pair, violating the coronavirus rules of their stay.

Sri Lanka’s Executive Committee Revised Recommendations Of The Disciplinary Committee

The cricketers were charged with three counts of violations. They were banned for breaching Covid-19 safety guidelines, instructions & regulations of the team Management and by the said act putting into jeopardy the safety of said players, fellow team members, and others involved in the said tour. They violated the instructions & regulations of the team Management with regard to the team curfew by failing to be at the hotel room by 10.30 p.m, and by such actions, bringing disrepute to Sri Lanka Cricket and the Country.

Kusal Mendis AFP
Kusal Mendis AFP

The special 5 members disciplinary committee chaired by retired Supreme Court Judge Wimal Dissanayake recommended banning former Sri Lanka Cricket vice-captain Kusal Mendis and opening batsman Danushka Gunathilaka from all forms of cricket for two years each and wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella for one and a half years (18 months). However, the Executive Committee of SLC has revised the recommendations of the Committee.

England’s Ollie Robinson Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images/Reuters
England’s Ollie Robinson Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images/Reuters
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England Ready To Welcome Back Pacer Ollie Robinson, Says Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali, England off-spinner said the senior national team England is ready to welcome back pacer Ollie Robinson as he is free to resume playing again after serving out a partly-suspended 8-match ban for his historical racist comments on social media.

Ollie Robinson, who made his Test debut against New Zealand in June, was removed from the squad for the next match ahead of the 2nd Test after his historic offensive social media posts resurfaced during the first -his debut Test.
Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Moeen Ali Would Welcome Ollie Robinson Back

Ollie Robinson was fined USD 4,400 and handed an 8-game ban, five of which are suspended for two years. He missed England’s second Test against New Zealand and two T20 Blast games for his county during an investigation over the comments.

Ollie Robinson earlier issued an apology for the posts he sent in 2012 and 2013 when he was in his late teens, which were unearthed and shared online on the day he made his Test debut against the Black Caps earlier this week.

Ollie Robinson led England’s attack with 4-75 in the first innings at Lord’s and followed up with 3-26 in the second while making a useful 42 with the bat as England fought hard to earn a draw in the 1st Lord’s Test against New Zealand.

Ollie Robinson
Ollie Robinson. Image-Getty

The initial one-game suspension was imposed by the England and Wales Cricket Board before Ollie Robinson withdrew himself from selection for his county side Sussex for the T20 games. Ollie Robinson has admitted to breaching two ECB directives in relation to a number of offensive comments he made on Twitter in 2012-14.

“Of course I would welcome him back. I have only known him for a short period but he seems a very nice guy and I get on really well with him,” Moeen Ali said.

“I am sure he has learned from his mistakes. He has done his time in terms of the ban. I think everybody makes mistakes – you forgive, forget, carry on with life and try and move on.”

Moeen Ali and England team will be seen in action in the third ODI against Sri Lanka on Sunday. Ollie Robinson, who took 7 wickets in his debut Test, is likely to be selected for the Test series against India next month.

Moeen Ali: ECB Did The Right Thing And Ollie Robinson’s Punishment Is Sufficient

Moeen Ali also credited the ECB for taking punitive action, which he believes is a correct step in the right direction when it comes to dealing with discrimination and sending a message to young budding cricketers across the country. Moeen Ali said the Ollie Robinson saga highlights that even young cricketers, who are coming through the ranks have to be careful with what they say and post on social media.

“I thought the ECB did the right thing pulling him out of the Test Series and I think [the punishment is sufficient], that the right thing has been done,” Ali added.

Ollie Robinson has apologized for offensive tweets posted as a teenager PA Images via Getty Images
Ollie Robinson has apologized for offensive tweets posted as a teenager PA Images via Getty Images

“Regardless of the length of the punishment, the fact there was punishment was good. It’s all about looking forward now and how you can’t get away with these kinds of things, that things need to change and people need to change. Even as a young player coming through the county circuit, you have to be careful with things you tweet.”

Following his debut Test match, against New Zealand at Lord’s, Ollie Robinson was suspended by ECB from the second Test and then he himself pulled out of a couple of Blast T20 matches. As it turned out he now has been handed an eight-match suspension with five of those suspended for two years – which means he is eligible to play now having missed three matches already.

Sam Billings
Sam Billings (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Sam Billings Produces Incredible Direct Hit From Almost 40 Meters Against Sri Lanka; Chris Woakes And Joe Root Guide England To Win

Sam Billings produced a brilliant bit of magic in the field as he inflicted a direct hit run out from almost 40 meters. England won by 5 wickets against Sri Lanka in the first of the three-match ODI series, and Sam Billings’ outstanding throw helped the hosts close out Sri Lanka’s innings at 185.

Sam Billings was positioned at deep mid-wicket when Sri Lankan batsman Chamika Karunaratne pushed the ball to the on-side while looking for two runs. The Englishman was onto the ball in a flash and took a direct hit from the deep, even from a tough angle, at the non-striker’s end. Praveen Jayawickrama was caught well short of his crease.

Sam Billings (Photo by Mike Hewitt / POOL / AFP)
Sam Billings (Photo by Mike Hewitt / POOL / AFP)

Chris Woakes Was The Star Picking 4 Scalps In Sri Lankan Innings

Sri Lanka failed to put in much resistance with the bat in the first ODI after being invited to bat first by the hosts. All-rounder Chris Woakes was the star of the show for England, returning with brilliant figures of 4-18 in his 10 overs including five maidens.

Chris Woakes was superb with the new ball in the powerplay, bowling four maidens in his first five overs. Chris Woakes’s five maidens in his spell of 10 overs is the most for England since Jimmy Anderson (10-6-12-1) at Adelaide in January 2002. Chris Woakes returned with outstanding figures of 10-5-18-4.

England's Chris Woakes bowls a delivery during the first one day international cricket match between England and Sri Lanka, in Chester-le-Street. (AP Photo)
England’s Chris Woakes bowls a delivery during the first one-day international cricket match between England and Sri Lanka, in Chester-le-Street. (AP Photo)

England got off to a flying start at Chester-le-Streer while chasing a low total of 186, courtesy of opener Jonny Bairstow (43 off 21 balls). However, Sri Lanka staged a comeback, picking up four wickets in the space of 26 runs. Sam Billings, who came in at no.5, was dismissed for 3 off the bowling of Dushmantha Chameera.

Sam Billings Inflicts Direct Run Out From Almost 40 Meters And Is Hoping To Feature In The T20 World Cup 2021

Sam Billings, meanwhile, is hoping to feature in the upcoming T20 World Cup squad but realizes the competition for places in England will make things harder for him. In a recent interview with Sky Sports, the 30-year-old acknowledged that it has been deflating while waiting in the wings to get his chances in playing XI.

Joe Root celebrates a half-century in his 150th ODI AFP/Getty Images
Joe Root celebrates a half-century in his 150th ODI AFP/Getty Images

“It has been deflating at times, I’ll be honest, not playing any cricket and missing out on all fronts. Of course I want to be in it (T20 World Cup squad) but I’m very cautious not to look too far ahead,” said Billings.

In the 1st ODI, Sri Lanka lost 3 for 45 at the top of their innings, and then their last seven for 40, making an eventual 185 that was miles from being sufficient. Man of the Match Chris Woakes was particularly disciplined and skillful as he claimed 4 for 18 from his 10 overs.

Then Jonny Bairstow blasted a 21-ball 43, and Joe Root scored an unbeaten 79 and Moeen Ali accompanied him through a 91 run stand. England had bowled out Sri Lanka out inside 43 overs. They surpassed their score inside 35 overs, with five wickets to spare.

England 189 for 5 (Root 79*, Chameera 3-50) beat Sri Lanka 185 (Perera 73, Hasaranga 54, Woakes 4-18) by five wickets

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One Can’t Rule Joe Root Out From T20 World Cup 2021 Squad, Says Eoin Morgan

Eoin Morgan has confirmed Joe Root is in contention to be part of England’s T20 World Cup squad later this year. The white-ball England skipper admitted that Joe Root who played an excellent inning of unbeaten 79 in victory over Sri Lanka in the 1st ODI could play a similar role to the one he did in 2016 in T20 World Cup for the national team.

Joe Root celebrates a half-century in his 150th ODI AFP/Getty Images
Joe Root celebrates a half-century in his 150th ODI AFP/Getty Images

Eoin Morgan: One Can’t Rule Joe Root Out For Excellent Performances In The Last 2016 T20 World Cup

Joe Root was England’s leading run-getter in the last T20 World Cup 2016, notching up 273 runs at a strike rate of 146.77. He top-scored for England in the final, scoring a 36-ball 54 in vain as they lost to West Indies by four wickets. Speaking to the media after England beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in the first ODI, Eoin Morgan touched upon Joe Root’s T20 World Cup 2021 prospects.

“I think there are a lot of people who are (in contention) and certainly, you can’t rule Joe out. The role he played in 2016, the runs he scored and the manner in which he scored them as well went a long way towards getting us to the final. His knock in the final as well was outstanding.”

Joe Root has been in excellent form with the bat for England of late in T20 World Cup 2016 © Getty Images
Joe Root has been in excellent form with the bat for England of late in T20 World Cup 2016 © Getty Images

Although Joe Root was not part of the recent T20 series against Sri Lanka, he showed his mettle in the first ODI between England and Sri Lanka. The star middle-order batsman scored a match-winning unbeaten 79 as he guided England to victory. Joe Root steadied the ship with England being 80/4 at one stage, and Eoin Morgan was full of praise for the 30-year-old.

“He just does the basics unbelievably well and never seems to struggle, even though the wicket might have been a little bit two-paced. So it was a joy to watch him see the team home.”

Eoin Morgan: Circumstances In The Last 2 Years Haven’t Allowed Joe Root To Play Much T20 Cricket To His Liking

Eoin Morgan (Source: Instagram)
Eoin Morgan (Source: Instagram)

The cricket fraternity wants Joe Root to make it into England’s T20I squad at least. Joe Root at no.3 could be the perfect foil for England’s aggressive and methodical approach in white-ball cricket, according to many fans and experts as pitches are set to be two-paced in the UAE where T20I World Cup 2021 is going to be staged.

In the 1st ODI, Sri Lanka lost 3 for 45 at the top of their innings, and then their last seven for 40, making an eventual 185 that was miles from being sufficient. Man of the Match Chris Woakes was particularly disciplined and skilful as he claimed 4 for 18 from his 10 overs.

Then Jonny Bairstow blasted a 21-ball 43, and Joe Root scored an unbeaten 79 and Moeen Ali accompanied him through a 91 run stand. England had bowled out Sri Lanka out inside 43 overs. They surpassed their score inside 35 overs, with five wickets to spare.

England 189 for 5 (Root 79*, Chameera 3-50) beat Sri Lanka 185 (Perera 73, Hasaranga 54, Woakes 4-18) by five wickets

Avishka Fernando Image Source : GETTY
Avishka Fernando Image Source : GETTY
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Avishka Fernando Ruled Out Of The Three-Match ODI Series Vs England

Avishka Fernando, a Sri Lanka batsman has been ruled out of the upcoming three-match ODI series against England who won the 3 matches T20I series 3-0.

He has been ruled out after suffering a grade two tear to his quadriceps. Batsman Avishka Fernando had picked up the injury while fielding in the second T20I of the three-match series against England, and he also did not feature in the third and final T20I.

Avishka Fernando. (Credits: Twitter)
Avishka Fernando. (Credits: Twitter)

Avishka Fernando Sustained Injury To His Right Quadriceps

It had been Avishka Fernando’s first tour with the Sri Lanka national team since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. He wasn’t named in the limited-overs squads to the West Indies and Bangladesh tours after failing fitness tests. Hence, the 23-year old could have used most of his opportunity in England to make a case for the future, which didn’t happen.

Avishka Fernando in action against England (Photo/ Sri Lanka Cricket Twitter)
Avishka Fernando in action against England (Photo/ Sri Lanka Cricket Twitter)

Nevertheless, Avishka Fernando could not translate his promise in the shortest format, making scores of 0 and 6 in the first two T20Is. But the Wadduwa-born cricketer has an excellent record in ODIs as he has 653 runs in 18 games at 36.27, with a strike rate of 96.59.

“Avishka Fernando has sustained an injury to his right quadriceps (Grade 2 Tear). Fernando suffered this injury while fielding during the 2nd T20i played against England at Cardiff,” tweeted the official handle of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).

This injury comes as a major setback for Avishka Fernando as the tour of England was his first with the national team since the COVID-19 pandemic started. He had earlier missed the tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh on fitness grounds. Sri Lanka went on to lose the three-match T20I series against England.

England Clean Sweep T20I Series 3-0

In the 1st T20I, England managed to reach the target of 130 inside the 18th over with MOM Jos Buttler scoring an unbeaten 68 as England won by 8 wickets despite Dasun Shanaka’s 2nd T20I fifty.
In the 2nd T20I, Liam Livingstone steered England home in a rain-affected low-scoring game. England stuttered early in their response, slipping to 36 for 4 in the seventh over, before Liam Livingstone and Sam Billings put on 54 off 48 balls for the fifth wicket to rescue England who won by 5 wickets by Duckworth Lewis method.
England defeated Sri Lanka by 89 runs in the third T20I to clean sweep T20I series
England defeated Sri Lanka by 89 runs in the third T20I to clean sweep the T20I series (Image: ICC)

In the 3rd T20I, Dawid Malan fired a sensational fifty before David Willey picked three wickets to help England defeat Sri Lanka by 89 runs.

The visitors failed to win a single match, and as a result, England recorded a series sweep. England and Sri Lanka will now lock horns in the three-match ODI series, beginning Tuesday at Chester-le-Street.

Sri Lanka vs England Photo Credit: (Twitter)
Sri Lanka vs England Photo Credit: (Twitter)
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ECB Will Put In Place Alternative Arrangements To Ensure ODI Series Go On After Match Referee Tested Positive For Covid-19

ECB would seek replacements for five officials due to oversee the start of the ODI series between England and Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street on Tuesday after a positive Covid-19 test emerged from a member of the team at Southampton for the third T20I.
Phil Whitticase, who was the match referee for the T20I series, tested positive for the dreaded Covid-19 after a PCR test that was administered on Friday. He was asymptomatic and feeling well, according to the ECB, but will have to undergo an isolation period of 10 days.
Phil Whitticase with the captains at the toss for the third T20I AFP/Getty Images
Phil Whitticase with the captains at the toss for the third T20I AFP/Getty Images

ECB Confirms No Members Of The Two Teams England And Sri Lanka Were Impacted And Series Would Go On As Scheduled

Seven of the match officials and anti-corruption personnel who were involved in the 3rd T20I at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton have been deemed close contacts, including five members who were due to officiate at the Emirates Riverside. All of them will also be required to self-isolate for 10 days, until July 7. England is scheduled to play three ODIs against Sri Lanka over the upcoming week, at Chester-le-Street, The Oval, and Bristol.
“No members of the two teams were impacted,” the ECB said in a statement. “Alternative arrangements will be put in place to ensure Tuesday’s ODI goes ahead as planned.”
ECB- England and Wales Cricket Board @Twitter
ECB- England, and Wales Cricket Board @Twitter

The three-match ODI series between England and Sri Lanka will be continued with ‘alternative arrangements’ after the ICC match referee for the third T20I between the two teams, Phil Whitticase was tested positive for Covid-19.

In a statement, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) informed that all those who were in close contact with Phil Whitticase will be tested for the dreaded virus. According to the ICC’s website, Chris Broad was due to be the match referee for the first ODI, with Michael Gough and Richard Kettleborough named as umpires.

England Clean Sweeps Sri Lanka 3-0 In T20I Series After Winning 3rd T20I By 89 Runs

In the third T20I, Dawid Malan fired a sensational fifty before David Willey picked three wickets to help England defeat Sri Lanka by 89 runs on Saturday. England clean-swept Sri Lanka 3-0 in the T20I series with Saturday’s thrashing win over the visitors. The hosts scored 180 in their 20 overs and then folded Sri Lanka for 91 in the dead rubber to seal the series.
England defeated Sri Lanka by 89 runs in the third T20I to clean sweep T20I series
England defeated Sri Lanka by 89 runs in the third T20I to clean sweep the T20I series (Image: ICC)
Sri Lanka kept losing wickets at regular intervals and never really recovered. The visitors were at 53/4 after 10 overs and then collapsed to 64/8 in the 15th over before being bundled out for 91 inside 19 overs.
In the 1st T20I, England managed to reach the target of 130 inside the 18th over with MOM Jos Buttler scoring an unbeaten 68 as England won by 8 wickets despite Dasun Shanaka’s 2nd T20I fifty.
In the 2nd T20I, Liam Livingstone steered England home in a rain-affected low-scoring game. England stuttered early in their response, slipping to 36 for 4 in the seventh over, but they bat so deep that their victory never really seemed at risk. Liam Livingstone and Sam Billings put on 54 off 48 balls for the fifth wicket as England won by 5 wickets by Duckworth Lewis method.
Chris Woakes | Delhi Capitals
Chris Woakes | Delhi Capitals
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Chris Woakes Keen To Be Part Of The Upcoming 2021 T20I World Cup

Chris Woakes, England’s all-rounder has said that he is excited to be a part of the limited-overs squad for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka and he also said that he will use this opportunity to present his case for selection in the T20 World Cup squad.

Chris Woakes has not played international cricket since September last year. The pacer has been recalled into England’s T20 squad for the first time in six years.

Chris Woakes last played a T20I for England against Pakistan in 2015-16 Getty Images
Chris Woakes last played a T20I for England against Pakistan in 2015-16 Getty Images

Chris Woakes Puts His Hand Up To Be Part Of The Upcoming 2021 T20I World Cup

Chris Woakes has not played T20 cricket for England since 2015 but comes in as one of three changes from the India tour in March. He has now been named in the squad for England’s T20 series against Sri Lanka. If given the opportunity, he will feature in a T20I after almost six years.

Chris Woakes
Chris Woakes. Image-Twitter

“I haven’t been in this squad for a while and I look at this as an opportunity. It is great for me to be back amongst the squad. I don’t take any squad selection for granted, I am certainly not just here to make up the numbers – if I get a go I will be trying to stake a claim.

“I also realize there are a few injuries knocking around but that doesn’t take anything away from me being part of this England team and putting my hand up to be part of this World Cup – with two World Cups around the corner,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Woakes as saying.

Chris Woakes played for the Delhi Capitals in the suspended edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. After that, he was rested from England’s squad for the two-match Test series against New Zealand.

Chris Woakes: It All Bubbles Up To A Really Frustrating Time

Chris Woakes did not feature in IPL 2020 but Delhi Capitals retained the England cricketer for the IPL 2021. He scored 15 runs and picked up 5 scalps in 3 games before IPL 2021 was suspended due to Covid-19. Overall, he has 30 scalps in 21 matches averaging 21.93, and scored 78 runs playing IPL 2017,2018, and 2021.

“It all bubbles up to a really frustrating time. Not playing a single game all winter, after the summer I had, almost felt like a bit of a waste for me. Still great to be with the squad but you want to be playing cricket and making the most of your form when you’re hot,” said Woakes.

“I spent a lot of time away from home in that period and it had kind of taken its toll mentally. The IPLI was very much a decision that I took on, it’s on my shoulders, but I felt it was a great opportunity to learn and play some cricket after the winter I’d had.

“Those two Tests versus New Zealand were put in the schedule quite late and I think the issue was as soon as getting out of isolation in London I’d have had to have a few days at home then play for Warwickshire to make myself available for any part of that Test series,” he added.

England all-rounder Chris Woakes (File | AP)
England all-rounder Chris Woakes (File | AP)

Further talking about the series against New Zealand, Woakes said: “Then there’s the tricky side of Covid restrictions and getting back in that bubble. Once we’d made the decision it was never really an option to play the second Test match.

“You’d have had to be in the bubble from the start. It’s a real tricky situation. I felt I needed a refresh and some time at home with the young family. I kind of put up the pros and cons of missing that two-match series.”

“I decided that little break would do me good in the long run. They certainly know I want to play Test cricket, don’t get me wrong.

“I haven’t played much red-ball cricket but they know I want to be a part of that Test squad and I believe they want me to be part of it so hopefully come that India series I’ll be fit and firing and ready to play a big part of that,” said Woakes.

England and Sri Lanka will lock horns in three T20Is and three ODIs. The first T20I will be played on June 23 at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.

Chris Woakes. (Getty Images)
Chris Woakes. (Getty Images)
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Chris Woakes Reveals ECB Officials Apologised To Him For Taxi Fiasco

Chris Woakes, England’s pace bowling all-rounder has revealed that England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) officials have apologi\sed to him for making him take a taxi that ultimately ruined his winter.

Chris Woakes was told to share a cab with spin all-rounder Moeen Ali from Birmingham to Heathrow Airport ahead of England’s Test tour of Sri Lanka in January. The 32-year-old had to isolate for a week when his fellow passenger tested positive for COVID-19 after they arrived in the island nation.

Chris Woakes Getty Images
Chris Woakes Getty Images

Chris Woakes Reveals He And Moeen Ali Were Put In An Unfortunate Situation And Vented His Frustration

Chris Woakes was ruled out of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle which eventually saw him miss every game in winter despite being voted player of the summer last season. The all-rounder recalled being frustrated with the hapless turn of events, adding that missing the winter season felt like a ‘waste’ of form to him.

Chris Woakes has acquired an apology from England over his taxi-sharing drama. The England star was dominated out after sharing a taxi with Moeen Ali, who contracted Covid-19.

“It was a big moment and there have been apologies but we were put in an unfortunate situation and I missed out because of that. I vented my frustration at the time. No stone has been left unturned during COVID-19 but that’s the one thing we did not get right. I paid the price for that.”

Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali - Action Images Via Reuters
Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali – Action Images Via Reuters

Chris Woakes feels he could have been a part of the playing XI for the first Test against Sri Lanka.

“I thought I was a shoo-in for the first Test. It doesn’t mean I would have then played all Tests but I would have had a chance to put my hand up and put in a strong performance. Not playing all winter after the summer I had, feels like a waste. You want to make the most of your form when you’re hot,” Woakes was quoted saying by Daily Mail.

After winning the two Tests in Sri Lanka, England lost the four-match test series in India. Moeen Ali featured in the India series for a solitary test before controversially heading home under the workload-management policy.

Chris Woakes Decided To Take A Break To Be With His Family Which Effectively Ruled Him Out Of Recent 2 Tests Against New Zealand

Chris Woakes also missed the recent two-test match series against New Zealand which the Kiwis won but admitted that he had himself to blame for this one. The ECB offered the players, who played in IPL 2021, a break from the home series, and Chris Woakes accepted it to be with his family.

“The IPL was very much on my shoulders. But it was tricky. The tests were scheduled late and as soon as I got out of isolation I would have had to play for Warwickshire after just a few days at home. It was in our hands and I decided a break with my family would do me good in the long run,” he added.

Chris Woakes last played a T20I for England against Pakistan in 2015-16 Getty Images
Chris Woakes last played a T20I for England against Pakistan in 2015-16 Getty Images

Chris Woakes has now been named in the squad for England’s T20 series against Sri Lanka. If given the opportunity, he will feature in a T20I after almost six years.

England has recalled Chris Woakes, David Willey, and Liam Dawson to their T20I squad to face Sri Lanka later this month. Chris Woakes has not played T20 cricket for England since 2015 but comes in as one of three changes from the India tour in March, with Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Reece Topley ruled out through injury.

England T20I squad For Sri Lanka: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

England squad for Sri Lanka ODIs: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, George Garton, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

Chris Silverwood will hand over the reins to assistants Graham Thorpe and Paul Collingwood Getty Images
Chris Silverwood will hand over the reins to assistants Graham Thorpe and Paul Collingwood Getty Images
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Chris Silverwood Won’t Be With England Team For ODI Series Vs Sri Lanka And Pakistan

Chris Silverwood, England coach won’t be with the team for the ODI series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. He has decided to take a break as part of England’s rotation policy. In Chris Silverwood’s absence, England’s assistant coaches Paul Collingwood and Graham Thorpe will take charge of one ODI series each.

After the two-Test series against New Zealand early next month, England will host Sri Lanka and Pakistan in limited-overs contests before taking on India in a five-match Test series.

England coaches Chris Silverwood (c) with Graham Thorpe (batting coach) and Paul Collingwood (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
England coaches Chris Silverwood (c) with Graham Thorpe (batting coach) and Paul Collingwood (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Chris Silverwood Will Be Passing The Reins On For The ODI Series

Speaking to the media, Chris Silverwood explained that it was important for everyone to keep themselves as fresh as possible, given the current scenario.

He elaborated: “It’s not fair on the players if I am operating at less than 100 percent and it is not fair on myself either. I won’t be providing the level of service that I need. You saw during the winter what we tried to do that with our players to the best of our ability. It’s equally as important we do that with the staff. It’s important we look after each other.”

Chris Silverwood, however, will be available for all of England’s Tests and T20Is as two T20 World Cups are scheduled for back-to-back years. The England coach admitted that while it is not easy, it is important for him to “switch off” at times.

Chris SIlverwood with Jofra Archer | Reuters/Andrew Boyers
Chris Silverwood with Jofra Archer | Reuters/Andrew Boyers

“I’m not going to deny it: it’s not easy for me to switch off. I am wholly on-board with what we are doing. I am very embedded in it now. I do find it hard to switch off but I’ll do my best. I’ll be passing the reins on for the ODI series. Thorpey will do one and Colly will do the other and I’ll use it as my break to refresh and get ready for what is ahead of us. My missus has already booked us a little getaway up in Norfolk somewhere. I’ve got to do that otherwise I won’t switch off,” Silverwood added.

Chris Silverwood will confirm the squad for the two Tests against New Zealand, the first of which begins at Lord’s on June 2, on Tuesday (May 18).  The likes of uncapped Sussex fast-bowler Ollie Robinson and Gloucestershire wicket-keeper batsman James Bracey are likely to be included.

Essex batsman Dan Lawrence is also set to be picked while Ben Foakes may continue to wear the gloves. Jofra Archer seems to be winning his fitness battle after being ruled out of the recently suspended IPL 2021 to manage an elbow injury. Playing for Sussex against Kent, he took 2-29 from 13 overs, including the wicket of his England teammate Zak Crawley, on the first day.

Chris Silverwood Backs Experienced Paul Collingwood And Graham Thorpe To Do Well In His Absence

Even as he briefly steps away, Chris Silverwood is confident that England assistant coaches Paul Collingwood and Graham Thorpe, with their wealth of experience in international cricket, will do well in his absence.

“I said right from the start I was going to step back at times and promote them forward to give them leadership opportunities. This is a great opportunity for us to do that. I think it will be a great experience for them.

“I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t trust them 100 percent. If you look at the wealth of experience that the two of them have, it’s a massive bonus for me to have them next to me wherever we go. They have had success all round the world. As players, they played a lot more international cricket than me. They’re a huge asset to us,” Chris Silverwood said.

Paul Collingwood
Paul Collingwood Photograph: Gareth Copley/PA Photograph: Gareth Copley/PA

England is currently gearing up to face New Zealand in a two-match Test series, which will begin at Lord’s on June 2.

Chris Silverwood will make first use of his new responsibilities for selection early next week as he names the England squad for the opening Test match assignment of the summer against New Zealand. Last month, Ed Smith was sacked and the position of National Selector made redundant as Ashley Giles, the ECB’s director of men’s cricket, gave responsibility for choosing all of England’s senior men’s teams to head coach Chris Silverwood.

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