England skipper Eoin Morgan admitted that he is concerned by the side strain to all-rounder Chirs Woakes following their eight-wicket victory against Bangladesh in the ICC Champions Trophy opener at The Oval on Thursday.
Woakes bowled two overs before being forced off and Bangladesh racked up a competitive total of 305 for six before Joe Root’s 133 not out guided England to an easy victory.
The Warwickshire man had a scan on Thursday evening, with the results probably known to us by Friday morning. If it turns out to be a side strain, it could be serious.
“It is a worry when he goes off the field and can’t come back on and bowl. He’s going to have a scan tonight,” said Morgan to reporters after the match on Thursday.
“He’s obviously been very impressive for us over the last couple of years — and a mainstay, very reliable guy,” the former Ireland international added. Side strains are a big confidence thing, aren’t they?. He would definitely be a loss if he couldn’t play.”
Morgan, however, was proud of the way England’s attack coped with Woakes’s absence.
“You know, when one of your main bowlers can only bowl two overs, it’s asking a lot of the rest of the team to be able to stem the flow. At one stage, Bangladesh looked like they were getting 330 — and to peg it back from there I thought was a credit to them.”
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondenr, bdcrictime.com