New Zealand must be our priority

Posted in England team blog

I am really excited about the next few weeks. We have three one-dayers against New Zealand and then the Champions Trophy – I can’t wait.

It’s great to be involved with the one-day squad again. I drove down to Lord’s yesterday and met up with the other five lads who weren’t in the Test squad – Morgs, Ravi, Bres, Jos and Tredders.

During the afternoon we had a light session in the indoor school with Ashley Giles and some of the other coaches and were back at Lord’s this morning for outdoor training on the Nursery Ground.

Being at Lord’s is incredible. It’s the home of cricket and you get looked after so well.

I haven’t played here for England yet so it would be amazing if I get picked for Friday’s match.

I was in the squad for the South Africa one-dayer last year and there was a real buzz around the place. I would love to experience playing here for England.

I did well in the recent one-day series in New Zealand but that seems like a long time ago and some guys have come back from injury since then. I think I am starting again and need to convince the coaches that I am worth a place in the side.

The tour of New Zealand went well. To be involved in all three games and play a part in winning the series was good for my confidence. It made be believe I can play at the top level and hopefully I can prove that in the coming weeks.

Chris Woakes

I thought I played my part in New Zealand earlier in the year when we won the one-day series despite losing the first match

I think I am playing pretty well at the moment. I feel in good nick with the bat and that a big wicket haul is just around the corner. Hopefully it will all come together in one of these matches.

Friday’s match is the first of three against New Zealand. They are over pretty sharpish – three in just six days. We want to win those and make sure we are going into the Champions Trophy with a bit of form.

From my point of view, I think I am playing for a starting spot. I need to impress in training and then play well if I get a run out in one of these three ODIs. If I perform well then I'll give myself a chance of starting the Champions Trophy.

I can’t think too much about that. Even though it is just around the corner, both the team and I need to forget about the Champions Trophy.

Every series we want to give ourselves the best chance to win and that means focusing on what is in front of us. At the moment that means New Zealand.

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