Woakes wants England recall
Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes has fond memories of his first experiences with England this winter and is determined to earn another opportunity in the international arena.
Woakes was selected in England’s squad for the limited-overs matches that followed their memorable Ashes triumph in Australia and was quick to make an impression with bat and ball.
A nerveless unbeaten 19 secured a dramatic final-delivery Twenty20 victory on his international debut and Woakes then returned impressive figures of 6-45 in only his second ODI in Brisbane, albeit in a losing cause.
The 22-year-old paceman looks back on his performances with understandable pride, but is now focused on regaining his place as quickly as possible.
Reflecting on his elevation to England’s senior squad, Woakes told ecb.co.uk: “I was just happy to get the call and then the way it went was fantastic.
“It would have been nice to have won the one-day series but on a personal level I was pretty happy with the way it went.
“It was a great achievement to get six wickets in what was only my second ODI. It was a very proud moment, although it was a shame we lost the game.
“The (Twenty20) debut was also pretty good and probably the highlight so far, but at the minute I’m not in the side so I’ve got to try and produce some performances for Warwickshire early doors and see where that leads me.”
Although Woakes impressed in Australia, he was overlooked when England suffered injuries in their pace bowling department during the recent World Cup on the sub-continent.
Chris Tremlett got the nod to replace Stuart Broad after the Nottinghamshire seamer suffered a side strain, while Jade Dernbach, who, like Woakes, was on tour with England Lions in the Caribbean, was called up following Ajmal Shahzad’s hamstring injury.
“Obviously, being selected for England is a massive aim of mine and I was quite disappointed to not get the call,” Woakes admitted.
“But fair play to Jade; he was in good form and they chose him ahead of me. It’s one of those things. It’s up to me to put in some performances and try and get back into that side.
"It's good for English cricket that there is that competitiveness in selection. Whenever there is an injury, there are quite a few names in the hat to be called up and it's up to ourselves to try and make sure we are in form when that chance comes and get the call.”
Woakes certainly did his chances of further England recognition no harm during his time with the Lions as he helped the team finish third in the West Indies Cricket Board regional four-day championship.
His 13 wickets in the event came at a cost of 25 apiece, while a fine 115 in the final match against Jamaica provided further evidence of his potential with the bat.
There has been little time for Woakes to rest since his return from the Caribbean, yet he is confident he can hit the ground running when Warwickshire get their season under way with an LV= County Championship Division One match against Somerset at Taunton, starting today.
Woakes explained: “Ash (director of cricket Ashley Giles) and the management here have been really good and have been able to give me a bit of time off to try and recharge the batteries. Hopefully I’ll be fit and ready to go."
Warwickshire claimed the Clydesdale Bank 40 title in 2010 and have high hopes of building on an encouraging end to their championship campaign, which saw them retain their top-flight status.
“I’ve missed pre-season but from what I’ve heard the guys have done really well,” Woakes added. “The tour to Barbados was successful, where they went unbeaten, and they have brought in some new faces, which is always good and boosts the squad.
“Everyone looks in good shape and we’ve very excited about the new season. We finished well last year with the Clydesdale Bank 40 win and obviously we are looking to win as many trophies as possible.”