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Looking forward to Lions challenge

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Chris Woakes

England Lions' ODI series against Sri Lanka provides me with a chance to impress

I'm with the England Lions this week which is another opportunity to push for a place on the one-day tour to India this winter. I had a taste of it in Australia earlier this year and still have plenty to prove after playing just a handful of games.

The Lions have three ODIs against Sri Lanka A in five days. We want to win all three and continue the domination the senior side are showing against India.

Playing for your country at any level is always an honour and I'm glad to be back with the Lions. I haven't played for them in quite a while so it was good to catch up with the lads at training ahead of our first game in Worcester on Friday.

I'm feeling pretty fresh coming into these games with the Lions as I have just had a week off from cricket following our draw with Lancashire.

I went to Cornwall with my girlfriend for a long weekend which was the perfect way to get away from cricket. I think that's important as the games come thick and fast during this part of the season. I'm looking forward to getting back into the swing of things now though.

One of the reasons for feeling fresh is that I missed a large chunk of the season with sore shins, so I haven't played as much as I might have. I think that time away might benefit me in the coming games.

In terms of my cricket, I feel I am bowling pretty well and hitting the ball OK.

Our championship game with Lancashire, which was second v third, was an excellent game of cricket. Each of the four days was very hard fought and it was only the rain break on the final morning which prevented either side getting a result.

After bowling them out for 189, it was a shame we couldn't get more of a lead when we batted. In the end we were happy with the draw and the bonus points we picked up. It also meant Lancashire didn't get away from us.

There was a moment of history in their second innings when Rikki Clarke equalled the world record of seven catches for an outfielder. That was a very good effort. He had seven chances and caught them all. Clarkey has great hands and it's always nice as a bowler to see him at second slip as he doesn't drop many.

We are currently fourth in the table, 15 points behind leaders Durham, but with a game in hand on the three teams above us.

We have five games left so there is loads of cricket to play before the trophy gets handed out. We know we have a chance but our mentality is still the same - to win every game we play.

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