Woakes to use Lions chance to press senior claims

Warwickshire’s England one-day international all-rounder Chris Woakes will make his return to action after three months out with a thigh injury with England Lions in Sri Lanka next week.

Woakes was forced to return home early from England’s one-day series in India in October but he has since regained fitness and has been training with his county in the indoor school at Edgbaston.

Woakes, who made his senior England debut in a Twenty20 international in Australia 12 months ago, is one of four players who have been added to the Lions squad that played against Bangladesh A recently.

Surrey paceman Jade Dernbach, Somerset wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter and Nottinghamshire’s spinning all-rounder Samit Patel will travel with Woakes to Sri Lanka where the Lions will play five one-day matches against Sri Lanka A.

Woakes, who has enjoyed his first lengthy break from cricket in almost two years, will aim to use the matches in Sri Lanka to press his claims for inclusion in England’s senior squad for the forthcoming one-day series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

Warwickshire’s Ireland pace bowler Boyd Rankin has been ruled out of the Lions’ Sri Lanka trip  having been forced to return home early from the Bangladesh leg of the tour with a minor thigh strain.

Also returning home are Surrey batsmen Jason Roy and Tom Maynard, Essex seamer Tymal Mills and Lancashire slow left-armer Simon Kerrigan.

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