Chris Woakes is setting his sights on making his mark in all three formats of the game for England
Last Updated: February 3, 2013 8:46am
Chris Woakes is setting his sights on making his mark in all three formats of the game as England warm-up for their New Zealand series.
Tim Bresnan's elbow injury has left the door ajar for the 23-year-old and he hopes to build on the experience he gained with Wellington last November.
"I came out here trying to get used to conditions before Christmas and get some cricket under my belt," he said. "I hope that'll stand me in good stead.
"The pitches here are quite bouncy and generally quite true, not so English-like in terms of seam movement.
"I probably wasn't expecting to be in all three squads at the start of the winter. But that's the way it is, and I'm obviously delighted. I'm really looking forward to it."
"From a confidence point of view, it's great to be in all three squads. I think every cricketer in that dressing-room would like to be in all three.
"I've just got to try to put some performances on the board and work hard in training and get myself in the final XI."
Woakes is hoping to be involved in the two T20 warm-up games against a New Zealand XI, on Monday and Wednesday.
"I hope if I get an opportunity in the warm-up game I can put some runs and wickets on the board," he added.
"Obviously my bowling is probably my primary skill. But I feel my batting has improved over the last 12 months and is going really well.
"Fingers crossed, if that keeps happening, I'll be a genuine all-rounder and equally strong in both suits."