Chris Woakes is currently in Spain, undergoing a training camp along with his fellow English teammates ahead of the series against South Africa © BCCI (File Photo)
Chris Woakes (left) is currently in Spain, undergoing a training camp along with his fellow English teammates ahead of the series against South Africa © BCCI (File Photo)

After having a good outing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), England all-rounder Chris Woakes has said he wished to carry this fine form during the upcoming One-Day International (ODI) series against South Africa in England, followed by the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Woakes is currently in Spain, undergoing a training camp along with his fellow English teammates ahead of the series against South Africa. He is also joined by his teammates Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler, who too had a fine stint in the tournament this season. Woakes expressed his thoughts recently in a chat. IPL 2017: No extension for Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler; duo set to miss IPL 10 playoffs for national duty ahead of ICC Champions Trophy 2017

“That is what we had to weigh up before coming here. Either take time off or come and have this experience. You don’t know if these opportunities are going to come around ever again. It might be a one-off for myself. You just never know. So I did not feel like it was an opportunity that I could turn down. My body feels pretty good. As a fast bowler, you are always hurting somewhere. You always have to look after parts of your body. I’m no different. I feel good. I feel fine going back to England and hopefully playing a key part for England this summer,” said Woakes, as reported by ESPNCricinfo.

“With international cricket, the schedules are very hectic. The summer we have got coming up is very, very busy. So this period during the IPL was actually was a good time to rest up and take time away from the game. I had to weigh that up: either come to the IPL or take the time off. So I had put myself at a high price for it to be really worthwhile coming here. I didn’t expect to even get picked up. The fact that I did was quite a shock,” he added. IPL 2017: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) didn’t get going in the Powerplay vs Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), feels Chris Woakes

Speaking on his conversation with England coach Trevor Bayliss during his stint in the IPL 2017, he said, “He only had good things to say about it. He was very keen for us to go and experience it and come out here and try and develop our game. It is good that both Trevor and [Andrew] Strauss are backing us. It is hard to beat that. It has lived up to every expectation. When you look back home and watch the games on television, you know that they are high-profile games, there is a lot of pressure on you as a player. You are under huge pressure as a player to perform, and it is good to be put in those positions.”

He finally spoke on his views on the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2017. “T20 cricket is a good experience to have behind you going into an ODI tournament because you still have to bowl death overs in ODI cricket. And it is almost just an extended version of T20. So clearly it would keep me in good stead going into an ODI tournament,” he concluded.