Chris Woakes buoyed by winning Twenty20 England debut
Woakes in action during the tense finale in Adelaide
Debutant Chris Woakes said he was confident throughout as his unbeaten 19 led England to a one-wicket win in the first Twenty20 match against Australia.
The 21-year-old Warwickshire bowler has made two first-class centuries and was promoted up the order to number nine.
"At first I was number 11 and didn't expect to come in but I don't think the result was ever in doubt," he said.
"I'm delighted to make my debut and it's good to keep the momentum going that the boys have started."
It was a record eighth consecutive Twenty20 success for England and skipper Paul Collingwood, who retired from Test cricket after the 3-1 Ashes triumph, stated: "It was a great game of cricket, eight wins on the trot is a great record.
"You're going to get the odd game that goes to the wire and delighted we had the cool head of Chris Woakes to see us though.
"I'm delighted with the performance, the intent, but obviously if one of the batters had been there to see it through it would have made it a lot easier.
"I loved the way we took the attack to the Australians. You need that kind of intent in this form of the game, there is a balance needed as well but I'm not going to criticise the lads too much, I'd rather it that way round than too circumspect."
Australia made a flying start after choosing to bat, with opener Shane Watson firing six fours and three sixes in his innings of 59 from 31 balls as 83 came up inside nine overs, before England restricted them to a total of 157-4.
"Watson was striking the ball seriously well and I thought after we got him out it was a pretty near perfect bowling and fielding performance," commented Collingwood.
"We kept them down to a total we thought we could chase down. There are areas we can improve on but still delighted with the performance."
Woakes came to the crease halfway through the 16th over with 28 still required and with three needed from the final two balls of the match bowled by Watson, calmly cut a two and flicked a single to mid-wicket.
"I hadn't seen much of him batting but once he hit Shaun Tait into the stand I thought he obviously looks a pretty good player," Collingwood said.
"That's why we've got bowlers who can bit a bit that's why they train hard in the nets and can win you games. He's got a big smile on his face and had a great performance on debut. He showed a hell of a lot of potential."
Watson also claimed outstanding bowling figures of 4-15 and was named man of the match, but he stated: "It's nice to be able to contribute the way I did but really it doesn't matter how you perform individually, the most important thing is the team and unfortunately we weren't able to get over the line."
Australia skipper Cameron White said his team had much to address before the second and final match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.
"We weren't quite at our best, there are a few things to work on and hopefully in Melbourne we can get them right," commented White, who made only six before becoming a first international wicket for Woakes.
White added: "We still got ourselves in a winning position at times and then just bowled a bad ball, or England played a really good shot. It was close, but not good enough."
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