England are confident Chris Woakes will be able to play in the one-day series against Australia even though a second side injury within the last seven months ruled him out of the final Ashes Test.
Woakes missed the bulk of last summer after severely injuring his left side in the early stages of the Champions Trophy and felt a problem in the same area towards the end of the fourth Test in Melbourne.
It was sufficiently serious for England to change their final Test plans here today and leave Woakes out of the side instead of Moeen Ali, with leg-spinner Mason Crane due to make a Test debut at the SCG on Thursday at the age of 20.
England are confident Chris Woakes will be able to play in the one-day series against Australia
But they insisted the problem was nothing like as severe this time and that Woakes would be fit for the first of five 50-over matches that follow the final Test back at Melbourne on Jan 14.
‘Chris has pulled up a bit sore from the last game,’ said England captain Joe Root as England completed preparations for what they describe as a ‘must win’ game. ‘He had problems with his side last summer and this is probably a game too far for him.
‘It was a significant injury last time so in the best interests of us going forward he’ll miss out this week because it could be a risk playing him. But it might be the case that he’s ready to go again in a week.’
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