Wounded Lions will recover
Chris Woakes believes England Lions have the talent to bounce back from yesterday’s 10-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka A and win the three-match series.
After a convincing win for the Lions in the opening game, the one-day series is now all square and the Warwickshire all-rounder said his team are feeling positive going into the deciding match at Northampton tomorrow.
“Friday was a near-perfect performance,” Woakes told ecb.co.uk.
“Scoring 300 then bowling a side out for 200 was a great achievement. Sunday didn’t go well but we’ve got plenty of talent in the dressing room to turn it round.”
After James Taylor’s 106 formed the backbone of a 97-run win to put his side 1-0 up in the series, the Lions were blown away in the first few overs of Sunday’s encounter, slumping to 16 for five against the spin of Seekkuge Prasanna.
Woakes, batting at number seven, found himself walking to the crease at the end of the sixth over, and made a composed 45 not out to lift the team to 108 all out.
“Losing five wickets in the first 10 overs lost us the game really,” he said. “We were always struggling from 16 for five.
“I don’t think I’ve ever batted in a one-day game before 25 overs, so it was a bit strange to be in that early, but it was nice to get out in the middle for a while and score a few runs – I feel like I’m in pretty good nick with the bat at the moment.
“It’s just a shame it wasn’t a contribution to a winning score.”
Tuesday’s game is now a crucial one for both sides, with several of the Lions team pushing for recognition ahead of England’s one-day series with India.
England selection aside, Woakes insists the team are confident of winning the match and securing a series victory.
“We'll work on what went wrong and come back on Tuesday knowing that if we play the sort of cricket we know we're capable of we can beat Sri Lanka and win the series,” he said.