Monday, February 18, 2013

Woakes eyes England progress

Following their defeat to New Zealand in the opening ODI encounter in Hamilton, Chris Woakes is hoping he can help his side level up the series in their second clash on Wednesday.

The Warwickshire bowler, who worked under now national head coach Ashley Giles at Edgbaston, produced a decent performance against the Kiwis, recording bowling figures of 2-52 and contributing 17 runs with the bat at more than a run-a-ball.

England, slender favourites according to the cricket odds, eventually lost the game by three wickets and Woakes, who was pleased with his performance in the opening ODI, believes there were areas he can improve on for the second encounter with the Black Caps in Napier.

He said: "I thought it went okay.

"It would have been nice to have stayed in till the end with the bat, and put some more runs on the board.

"Obviously, we thought we were slightly short with the bat. So it would have been nice to contribute there a little bit more.

"With the ball, I didn't finish as well as I'd like to. But to pick up two wickets in the middle was pleasing."

Punters who want to know how to bet on cricket will note that Hamilton has not been a happy hunting ground for England and they will be looking to fare much better when they make the trip to Napier.

A loss for the tourists on Wednesday would see them lose the ODI series before the final encounter on Saturday, after which the Test series will soon following against New Zealand.

England will then be looking to build on their Test success in India when they face the Kiwis in a three-match series, starting in Dunedin on March 5.

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