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“Everybody will take a gander at their phones” – Woakes on WC selection


England quick bowler Chris Woakes anticipates that players should be restlessly holding up by their phones and careful about a phone call from the national selectors when they declare their last 15-man squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

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Chris Woakes celebrates after picking up a wicket against Pakistan in the 5th ODI on Sunday, May 19

“Everybody will take a gander at their phones,” Woakes said after side’s fifth one-day international against Pakistan on Sunday. “Everybody will be careful about that phone call. Regardless of whether you sense that you have a decent opportunity to be in the squad, until you hear it from selectors’ mouths, it’s not exactly an unchangeable reality.”

“As a player, you’re still most likely a tad tense, especially with this 16 and 17 players, since everybody has performed sooner or later over the series. Over the most recent few years, all the players have put in strong performances. It’s a dubious choice for selectors, and I’m happy I’m not having to make that decision, however it must be done, I assume. It’s absolutely determined us forward in this series.”

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Chris Woakes was picked in the 15-man preliminary World Cup squad but he is one of five seamers fighting for four spots as the new English pace sensation Jofra Archer is likely to be added in the final 15. The 30-year old paceman has an edge over all of them because he’s performed much well in the recent series against Pakistan.

Woakes took 10 wickets in 4 matches averaging 21.20 including the best figure 5/54 in the last ODI yesterday on Sunday which also brought him the Man of the Match award.

England’s World Cup squad will be announced on Tuesday, May 21 at the historic Lord’s.

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