Home experience gives Eng edge: Woakes

London, Jul 29 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 7/29/2019 11:48:22 AM IST

England’s Chris Woakes is primed to play a starring role against Australia after serving his Ashes apprenticeship.

The all-rounder tasted the euphoria of home success in 2013 when he made his Test debut in the final match of England’s 3-0 series win - bad light denying him and Matt Prior the chance to knock off the 21 runs required to improve the scoreline.
But he was then overlooked for the return Ashes tour that winter and more disappointment followed as he missed the 2015 series after knee surgery and, having fought his way back into the Test team the following summer he took 4-36 at Adelaide in December 2017, only for England to collectively fluff their lines and hand back the urn.
Now, aged 30, Woakes is ready to take centre stage.
“My main memory of my debut is probably the celebrations after it!” says Woakes.
Woakes faces stiff competition for a starting spot in England’s XI for the first Test on Thursday at his home ground at Edgbaston after being named in a 14-man squad alongside fellow seamers Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer, Olly Stone, Sam Curran and certain starter James Anderson.
He bolstered his claim for selection with Test-best figures of 6-17 in England’s ruthless 143-win over Ireland at Lord’s last week.
Woakes’ record of 60 wickets in 15 home Tests means that Broad faces a real battle to keep his place ahead of the Warwickshire seamer despite having taken 105 wickets in partnership with Anderson in the last three home Ashes series.


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