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Chris Woakes hopes he has done enough to earn a T20 World Cup place

Chris Woakes has struggled with injuries for the past few months but is now eyeing a place in England’s line-up for their opening match at the T20 World Cup next weekend.

After a busy schedule last winter, Woakes was limited to just one appearance for Warwickshire’s second eleven in the English summer and underwent an operation on his left knee at the end of July.

Woakes admits he has struggled to watch England’s Test and limited-overs teams from afar but has produced encouraging performances on his return, first against Pakistan and now Australia.

While his three-wicket haul in the third and final T20 between England and Australia came to nothing after he was abandoned in Canberra due to rain, the 33-year-old Woakes is content to be back playing.

“When you get close to 30, you don’t want to miss any cricket,” he said.

“Earlier in your career, you get breaks and you enjoy them a lot whereas this time it felt like I was missing out on opportunities to play for England.

“It’s been a tough six months, physically with my knee and then mentally too. I watch a lot of cricket, it’s not always good for you when you’re not with the team.

“It’s just satisfying to be back in the squad and playing for England. I’m thoroughly enjoying it.”

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