Woakes seeks heat of international spotlight

Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes admits that England’s Ashes success will put pressure on him to perform from the start if he makes his international debut during the Twenty20 and one-day series in Australia.

The 21-year-old from Birmingham is the only uncapped member of England’s one-day squad and made a nervous debut on his first appearance for the senior side in the easy win over the Prime Minister’s XI in Canberra.

Woakes is also in England’s preliminary 30-man squad for the World Cup and the selectors are expected to assess his potential at some time during the one-day series.

But the immediate impact made by Steve Finn since he made his Test debut in Bangladesh, and Chris Tremlett and Tim Bresnan when they were brought into the Ashes series, means that Woakes cannot expect to be given time to find his feet at international level.

“The England side is a good place to be at the moment. We are on a high after the Ashes and looking to keep winning in all forms of cricket,” Woakes said.

“But it does put pressure on you to perform when you get your opportunities. You wouldn’t really want it any other way, though. You don’t expect an easy ride in international cricket.

“It’s hard work whether you are training or playing. We will have to wait and see whether I get opportunities to play out here. But you can only learn and benefit from the experience of being around this squad at the moment.”

Woakes was in a training camp in Brisbane when England won the Ashes in Sydney last week and only linked up with the senior squad, which includes his Warwickshire team-mates Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott, in Canberra.

Having won the Ashes series 3-1, England will be favourites to heap further misery on the Australians in the two Twenty20 and seven one-day internationals. But Woakes believes that losing the Ashes could make Australia more dangerous opponents.

“To win the Ashes in Australia was a fantastic achievement but winning the one-day series is not going to be easy,” Woakes said. “Australia have got something to prove. They are not going to just lie down and let us win again.

“We have been told that the Ashes is behind us. The focus now is making sure that we play well enough to win the one-day series.”

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