Chris Woakes says defeat in their warm-up game will not hurt England's morale
England seamer Chris Woakes says the tourists will recover quickly from a surprise loss in their warm-up game.
Last Updated: 03/03/13 10:01am
The first Test starts in Dunedin in three days and Alastair Cook's side will enter it on the back of a defeat, having lost to a New Zealand XI by three wickets at the Queenstown Event Centre ground.
England declared their second innings overnight at 256-9, setting the New Zealand XI 334 to win, and they got home with eight balls to spare, BJ Watling leading the way with 89 not out as they recovered from 154-5.
It was England's first defeat in a fist-class tour match for more than seven years but Woakes does not think it will have an impact on morale.
"I don't think they're too low," he said of his team-mates. "Obviously, we want to win every game we go into.
"It's not ideal losing a warm-up game, or a full international, but we feel there are positives to take out of the game."
But Woakes, who could be in the mix for a Test spot if an extra seamer is needed, accepted that England were not at their best.
"Probably not quite enough runs in our second innings was where we lost the game," he said.
"If we could have put on another 50 runs, that would have been very handy, as we saw at the end there.
"It's not just the top order. All the way down, we need to chip in when possible, and we probably didn't do that enough.
"We knew 330 was probably gettable. It was a good wicket, not really doing a great deal.
"When we got five wickets, we felt like we probably were on top, but we knew the next two were crucial."
Woakes thinks England will benefit from having played in such a keenly-contested match.
"It's always good to have a competitive game before a Test series," he said.
"It's going to be a hard three games we play here. We know New Zealand are a very good team, particularly in their own conditions.
"We've got to be on our game, and no doubt we will be.
"We'll work on a few things leading up to the Test match, and hope we are ready come Wednesday and on song."
Woakes will get a Test debut if one of the three established seamers is injured or in the unlikely event that spinner Graeme Swann is left out, and he feels he enhanced his claims with a pair of wickets on the final day
"I felt like I got it right second innings," he said.
"Maybe I was a little bit rusty in the longer format in the first innings, coming from one-day cricket and hitting different lengths.
"I felt the second innings went well. It would have been nice to pick up a couple (more) wickets and also score a few more runs but, generally, I'm pretty pleased."