The English all rounder Chris Woakes says that he has learnt a few bowling skills from his senior teammate James Anderson and he would be using them in the forthcoming One Day Internationals against Sri Lanka.
Woakes had played quite a bit of test cricket and also, limited-over cricket for the Three Lions last summer. The Warwickshire player was slotted in the team for the Southampton test match after England’s shocking loss at Lord’s and he has been able to retain his place ever since.
According to Woakes, spending time with a masterful player like Anderson over the summer was brilliant for him.
Talking to the reporters before flying to Sri Lanka, Woakes said, “I tried to pick a few things from Jimmy’s game. He has got some different sorts of deliveries. The one that he bowls with a slightly wobbly seam, it has been working quite well for him in the limited-over games. I have learnt to deliver that and I would try it out in the coming games.”
Anderson is not going to feature for England in the Sri Lanka series. He was named in the squad, but, he pulled out because of the poor condition of his knee.
He perhaps doesn’t want to risk himself so close to the World Cup and neither would be the England selectors.
The chances of England’s success in the World Cup depend a lot on how Anderson plays. If he is good with the new ball, as he has been over the past few years for his team even on away grounds, then, England can hope to challenge a few top teams.
In the last World Cup in 2011, England had been knocked out of the quarter finals by the eventual runner up Sri Lanka.
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