Woakes hopes to keep new ball

Woakes has been deployed as an opening bowler in England’s recent ODIs and starred from that position in Monday’s World Cup warm-up against the Windies, taking three early wickets en route to snaring 5-19 from his 7.3 overs.

“I’d like to think it???s going to be me [getting the new ball] as I have done it for 10 games or so now,” said Woakes, who has picked up 42 wickets in his 29 one-day internationals to date.

“Every time you put on a shirt you want to do your best for England but also for your cause so fingers crossed I???ll get the new ball – I???m not aware of any changes at the minute.”

Woakes led England???s attack with senior bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad rested and proceeded to remove Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo with consecutive balls in the first over before latterly dismissing Dwayne Smith, Lendl Simmons and Andre Russell.

However, the Warwickshire seamer says all of England???s bowlers deserve credit for skittling West Indies out for 122 at the Sydney Cricket Ground, a feat that helped set up a routine nine-wicket victory for Eoin Morgan???s outfit.

???I???m sure [West Indies] will say there were a couple of shots that they would not like to play but I thought we put the ball in the right areas,??? added Woakes.

???I thought we were slightly short in the first couple of overs but once we found our length I thought we were quite tough to face.”

England will face Pakistan on Wednesday in their final World Cup warm-up, before meeting Australia in Melbourne on Saturday in their first match of the tournament.

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