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Chris Woakes plays down talk of England World Cup spot

Second Twenty20 international: Australia v England
Venue: Melbourne Date: Friday, 14 January Start time: 0835 GMT
Coverage: Live Test Match Special commentary on BBC 5 live sports extra and the BBC Sport website (UK users only); live text commentary on BBC Sport website & mobiles; also live on Sky Sports 1


Chris Woakes
Woakes was the surprise batting hero on his England debut

England newcomer Chris Woakes is trying not to think too far ahead as he prepares for Friday's second Twenty20 international with Australia.

The 21-year-old took 1-34 and hit the winning run on his debut in Wednesday's one-wicket win in Adelaide and his calm manner led to talk of a World Cup spot.

"I am just concentrating on this game," he said. "Anything that might come in the future is just an added bonus."

A seven-match one-day series between the teams begins on Sunday.

However, BBC Test Match Special commentator Simon Mann revealed on Twitter that heavy rain in Melbourne on Thursday - with more forecast for Friday - could put the Twenty20 match in doubt.

The World Cup starts in the sub-continent on 19 February and the final 15-man squads must be named by next Wednesday.

Woakes was part of the England academy squad in Australia before Christmas, but was thrust into the limelight in Adelaide, where he hit a huge six off Shaun Tait, one of only three bowlers ever to have been clocked at a speed above 100mph.

"Obviously he is one of the quickest bowlers in the world so I was just trying to watch the ball out of the hand," said Woakes.

"I was just trying to get bat on ball so there wasn't much going through my mind apart from that, to be honest with you.

"I was expecting a shorter one though at some stage though because he had been giving me a bit of lip."

Friday's match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground is expected to draw a crowd in excess of 40,000 but Warwickshire seamer Woakes said: "I think I'll cope pretty well. I was nervous before yesterday's game when there were 30,000 people, which is a pretty big crowd.

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"But I think it would be a bit wrong not to have nerves before your debut for England. I'm looking forward to it if I get the chance."

If the showers hold off, England will seek to extend their record of eight successive T20 victories.

Two local players are hoping the rain keeps away to allow the match to take place at the MCG.

Batsman Aaron Finch made his debut in the first T20 match and hit an unbeaten 15 from 14 balls, while Victoria colleague James Pattinson, a highly-rated 20-year-old paceman and the brother of former England seamer Darren Pattinson, could make his maiden international appearance.

"With some new players coming into the team for the shorter format of the game, I don't think there's too much baggage there," Finch said.

"You just try to win every game regardless of what format, or who it is against. It's another opportunity to win a cricket game.

"At the end of the day that's what everyone is here to do and that's what the public want to see from Australia."

I'm going to be joining with Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers' Association to do everything I possibly can to make sure that, for me personally, Ipswich is looked after. It is my home town

Shane Watson

Meanwhile Shane Watson has spoken of his determination to help the Brisbane flood victims.

Watson was born and raised in the Queensland town of Ipswich, which is 30 kilometres west of Brisbane, and his parents and sister still live in the area.

"My sister said this afternoon she went and had a bit of a look from a higher vantage point and she said it was just horrific," he explained.

"I'm going to be joining with Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers' Association to do everything I possibly can to make sure that, for me personally, Ipswich is looked after. It is my home town.

"I'll be getting in contact with the mayor once things subside a little bit and see what I can do.

"I love playing and I have a lot of fun doing it, but in the end what we do is inconsequential compared to the heartache and the devastation that is going through my home town at the moment."


Australia (from): David Warner, Shane Watson, David Hussey, Cameron White (capt), Aaron Finch, Steve Smith, Tim Paine (wk), Steve O'Keefe, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Shaun Tait, James Pattinson.

England (from): Ian Bell, Steven Davies (wk), Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood (capt), Eoin Morgan, Luke Wright, Tim Bresnan, Michael Yardy, Chris Woakes, Graeme Swann, Ajmal Shahzad, Michael Lumb, Jonathan Trott, James Tredwell, Chris Tremlett, Steven Finn.

Umpires: Bruce Oxenford (Aus), Paul Reiffel (Aus).

TV umpire: Simon Fry (Aus).

Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka).



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