ENG vs IND 2018: Chris Woakes eyeing England ODI return against India

Woakes has played 76 ODI matches for England.

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England seamer Chris Woakes is aiming to return for India series after suffering an injury in his thigh muscle. The 29-year-old cricketer wants to make a comeback in the national squad after he injured his thigh muscle while playing against Pakistan in the second Test.

Woakes played 5 matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2018 where he took 8 wickets in the tournament. He then got injured while playing against Pakistan in the Test series which followed. He has played 76 ODI matches and has taken 109 wickets for England cricket team. 

Besides Chris Woakes, Ben Stokes had also suffered a hamstring injury due to which he was also rested for the 5-match ODI series against Australia. Currently, England is on the verge to clinch the ODI series 3-0.

“I’m aiming for the India ODIs – and fingers crossed I can play some cricket before then, so I’m ready.

“The word ‘chronic’ makes it look like it’s drastic.

“But the knee is not something I’m worried about. I’ve had it for the last nine years, but the quad is something I need to strengthen.” Woakes said. 

Recalling his injury that happened to him in Leeds, Woakes added “I didn’t think it was going to be too bad at first, but the scans showed a big tear.

“Because I’ve had an ongoing problem with the knee and I haven’t been able to strengthen the leg as much as I’d like to, it’s kind of buckled under the weight of playing a Test.

“I’ve had the same problem for about eight or nine years, and it’s been niggling away at me.

“But I’ve got on with it and put up with the odd niggle, because it’s not the sort of thing that will get better overnight.

“I don’t know what the definition of ‘chronic’ is, but it doesn’t really stop me from playing cricket.

“It just flares up – and during Headingley it felt sore – but compared to a couple of weeks ago (now) it feels like a million dollars.” Chris Woakes concluded.

(Inputs from Sport 360)


By Kunal Kataria - 19 Jun, 2018

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