Woakes to return to Test cricket

Woakes in for Roland-Jones is second test says RootEngland Captain Joe Root has declared that Chris Woakes is about to return to the squad by replacing Tobby Roland-Jones on the second Test against Windies at Headingly this Friday.

Woakes, who suffered a side strain against Bangladesh in their opening match at the Champions Trophy in June, missed the victory at Edgbaston as the English staff wanted him to bowl even though he was not completely recovered from his injury.

But now the Warwickshire all-rounder is about to make his return by replacing the very unlucky Roland-Jones who took 14 wickets in 3 Tests.

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“Toby unfortunately misses out,” Root, who will take charge of his first Test at his home ground, told Sky Sports on Thursday (August 24).

“He’s not done a lot wrong – he’s taken his opportunities, played some fantastic cricket and I see him being a massive part of our future, but it’s a great chance for Chris to come back and show his class like he did last year.”

Woakes made his debut for England on 2016 and has played in 12 Tests till now. His average is over 30 with the bat and has taken 41 wickets which includes two five-wicket hauls against Pakistan.

Though England wants Woakes to come down to the field before the ashes but they also have the amazing Roland-Jones on their mind.

Last summer as England won by a large margin against South Africa at Lord’s but lost badly in the next game.

“You look at occasions like that [the second South Africa Test] and want to make sure you put that right,” Root said.

“The way we played in the last game and the two previous games – we’ve played some really strong cricket, and the more momentum we can build moving forward is really important for us.”

England skipper also expects the Windies to show up with their best and said, “Any Test match is always difficult starting out. We know they’re a side that are capable of some strong performances and we expect them to come back hard. We have got to make sure that our game is the best it can be and we follow up what was a really good win last week.”

Sakib Ahmed