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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

File photo of Jason Behrendorff | Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS
File photo of Jason Behrendorff | Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS

Jason Behrendorff Named As A Replacement By CSK For Josh Hazlewood

Jason Behrendorff, left-arm seamer was named by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as a replacement for Josh Hazlewood. Josh Hazlewood, who made his IPL debut in 2020 in the UAE, pulled out of the upcoming IPL 2021 season citing bubble fatigue and COVID-19 concerns as primary reasons.

Josh Hazlewood was supposed to be one of the trump cards for the CSK team who were placed 7th in IPL 2020 in this upcoming IPL 2021 tournament, but, he cited Australia’s upcoming winter season packed with matches and bubble fatigue as reasons for him opting out of the IPL 14. Later he revealed that along with the aforementioned reasons, the current rise of COVID-19 cases in India played a role in him not playing in this season’s IPL.

Josh Hazelwood
Josh Hazelwood (Image Credit: Twitter)

Josh Hazlewood Decided To Skip IPL 2021 For Taking A Rest As Australia Have A Packed Winter Schedule

Josh Hazlewood was to depart with other Australia’s IPL-bound players and join CSK but decided to skip the cash-rich league, which will start on April 9 and conclude on May 30, and spend time at home for the next two months. He had played 3 IPL matches in IPL 2020.

Josh Hazlewood had decided to withdraw from the T20 cash-rich league to take a small break from cricket and keep himself fresh for the Ashes and the T20 World Cup later this year.

“It’s been a long 10 months in bubbles and quarantine at different times, so I decided to have a rest from cricket and spend some time at home and in Australia in the next two months. We’ve got a big winter ahead. The West Indies is going to be a long tour, with Bangladesh (T20 tour) potentially thrown on the end of that. Then potentially the T20 World Cup leading into the Ashes, so it’s a big 12 months,” Josh Hazlewood told Cricket Australia.

He will spend some time home as Australia doesn’t play an international fixture for the next few months. Josh Hazlewood wasn’t a regular in CSK’s playing XI but was retained, which hints that the franchise had plans for him.

Mitchell Marsh winces in pain BCCI
Mitchell Marsh winces in pain BCCI

Josh Hazlewood, who has 1 wicket in his 3-match IPL career, had travelled to the UAE last year. He is the third Australian who pulled out of IPL. Josh Philippe, who was retained by Royal Challengers Banglore, had pulled out of the league last month. Later, Sunrisers Hyderabad all-rounder Mitchell Marsh had also decided against landing in India. He was ruled out of IPL 2020 after just one match. Despite that, SRH had retained him.

CSK Signs Jason Behrendorff For IPL 2021

Chennai Super Kings had previously contacted Billy Stanlake and Reece Topley to sign them as replacements for Josh Hazlewood, but COVID-19 concerns and their respective county contracts led them to refuse the offer to play in the IPL 2021.

Jason Behrendorff
Jason Behrendorff (Image Credit: Twitter)

Now the IPL website confirmed that another Australian pacer, Jason Behrendorff has been signed by CSK for the IPL 2021. Jason Behrendorff had made his IPL debut in 2019 for MI but spent most of 2020 in rehab after undergoing back surgery.

Now a fit and fine Jason Behrendorff will don the CSK yellow for IPL 2021. Jason Behrendorff, the left-arm quick, has featured in 11 ODIs and seven T20Is so far for Australia. This is his second IPL stint after having represented Mumbai Indians in 2019. He played five matches and picked up as many wickets at that time.

“Australian fast bowler Jason Behrendorff has signed up with the Chennai Super Kings as a replacement for compatriot Josh Hazlewood for the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021,” the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a statement.

Chennai Super Kings will get their IPL 2021 campaign underway on Saturday (April 10) in Mumbai against last year’s runners-up Delhi Capitals.