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Waiting for Gilo to give me the nod

Posted in Domestic Cricket

Having been out injured for the last four weeks, I can't wait to get playing again. It has been a frustrating time but now I feel refreshed and hungry.

I was playing the best cricket of my career so the stress reaction I got in my right shin could not have come at a worse time.

I was told to rest for a week after being diagnosed. It felt quite strange not being involved. I haven't been injured for that long since I had a thigh strain when I was 18. I've had the odd niggle, like any other cricketer, but normally lowering my workload sorts that out.

It was good to have a week away from cricket, though. I bought a house last year so it was probably the longest I have spent at home. The Xbox took a pounding.

After a week off I started to do some strength work with the Warwickshire physio. That involved being in the gym doing some upper body stuff.

The following week I started batting in the nets before finally bowling again. I began by walking up to the crease and gently getting through my action, then having a light jog, then finally coming in off my full run.

I feel fit and ready. The physio says I'm available for selection now. It's good that I am coming back into Twenty20 cricket as I can ease myself in.

It just depends on whether Gilo (director of cricket Ashley Giles) decides to stick with the same team. The lads look in really good nick so I might not get back in the side.

Chris Woakes

I was in the best form of my career before I got injured but now I'm fit and ready for some Friends Life t20 action

We have back-to-back games against Nottinghamshire Outlaws coming up. Those are two huge games as they look like a strong side. If we can win both matches then we'll be in a great position. There will be 11 games left after that, though, so it'll take a while for the table to settle down.

Twenty20 cricket is great. As a bowler it can go against you most times. There is an element of luck involved too. You can play well and lose and you can win despite playing badly. One player can win a game on his own.

Momentum is huge too. If you go on a winning streak you feel you can win a game from any position.

If I get selected then I'm not sure where I'll bat. We have a strong batting line-up so it'll be tough for me to go up the order unless I get sent in to hit a few boundaries.

I'm looking forward to showing what I can do.

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