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Eng vs NZ – England play down harm issues as Adil Rashid, Mark Wooden bide their time

England usually are not overly involved concerning the health of two key bowlers forward of the World Cup, regardless of Adil Rashid and Mark Wooden making a single look between them of their first three ODIs towards New Zealand.

With the opening recreation of the World Cup – coincidentally, towards the identical opponents – three weeks away, England are taking a precautionary method with each gamers within the information that they’re the 2 hardest bowlers to interchange of their provisional 15-man squad.

Rashid took a wicket along with his first ball within the first ODI in Cardiff, beating Will Younger on the surface edge to knock again his off stump, however left the sphere with cramp three overs into his spell. He returned to bowl an additional 5 overs, however has not featured since on account of “tightness” in his calf.

Having opted out of the Hundred, Wooden has not performed any aggressive cricket because the fifth Ashes Check on the finish of July and has been working his method again to match health over the previous week. He had a sore heel on the finish of the Ashes and has not been risked within the first three ODIs of the sequence.

“He is an enormous asset for us going into the World Cup,” Chris Woakes mentioned after England’s victory within the third ODI. “You do not wish to threat him too quickly. Bruised heels, I bear in mind having mine: you assume it should be per week or two and ultimately, they find yourself being fairly lengthy accidents that may all the time reoccur.”

Requested if Wooden wanted to play on Friday to get some match apply earlier than the World Cup, Woakes mentioned: “A participant with Mark’s expertise can go straight in. He is not the form of man who wants a load of game-time.

“Myself, I like video games underneath my belt to construct up confidence and rise up to hurry. Really, Mark is without doubt one of the guys I am very envious of, as a result of he can steam in and bowl at 93mph (150kph) as we noticed within the Ashes. I do not assume it is an excessive amount of of a fear if he does not play on this sequence however hopefully he performs the final one [at Lord’s on Friday].”

Woakes himself took 3 for 31 in a single eight-over spell to finish Wednesday’s third ODI at The Oval as a contest, and mentioned he was getting used to the rhythms of 50-over cricket once more. “It was good to bowl an eight-over spell and decide up some essential wickets,” he mentioned.

Woakes was one in every of eight ever-presents in England’s 2019 World Cup triumph, and mentioned he hopes to have the ability to function in all 9 of their group-stage video games in India over the following two months. “You wish to hold placing in performances like that to maintain getting the nod, selection-wise,” he mentioned.

“From a health viewpoint, these bilateral sequence are fairly tight and there is loads of travelling. Though there’s loads of journey on the World Cup, it seems to be like there’s extra space between video games so it does offer you a bit extra of a routine to recuperate and are available again stronger and be match for the following recreation.”



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