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Woakes awaits selection

Chris Woakes (pic) will replace injured paceman James Anderson in England's bowling attack.
Woakes awaits selection
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Chris Woakes is not taking his place in the England team for granted despite following up an outstanding summer with an encouraging display in the only warm-up fixture before the one-day series against Bangladesh.

The 27-year-old was on the fringes of the squad earlier this year but an injury to fellow allrounder Ben Stokes gave him a window of opportunity, one he had not looked back on.

Woakes cemented his place in all formats by winning England's player of the series award in the four Tests against Pakistan, while he excelled with bat and ball in the shorter formats, too.

The Warwickshire seamer showed how far he had come by bouncing back from leaking 14 runs in his first over to conceding just six from his next four against a Bangladesh Cricket Board Select XI on Tuesday in Fatullah.

He then helped to dry up the run rate as the hosts threatened to control proceedings at the back end of the innings and finished as the pick of the bowlers with 3-52 before Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali steered England to their victory target of 310 with four wickets to spare.

However, Woakes knows England have several pace options for the first ODI against the Tigers on Friday, or they could even bring in Liam Dawson after only playing two spinners in Moeen and Adil Rashid against the BCB XI.

The ever-modest Woakes said: "Fingers crossed, I'm included - that'll be nice.

"We have quite a big squad here so have plenty of options. We have spinners who could come in and the team that was chosen (against the BCB XI) have performed well so have staked their claim."

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