The England Cricket Board (ECB) have announced injured all-rounder Chris Woakes will begin his rehabilitation process from injury by playing in a three day 2nd XI match for Warwickshire against Leicestershire.
The match is slated to begin on 10th July. Woakes will play solely as a batsman, as he tries to make serious progress after right quad problem and a knee problem.
The all-rounder sustained a 15-centimetre tear in his right quad during England’s Headingley Test against Pakistan in June. Later it was learnt to be chronic tendinitis in his right knee. He could take no further part in the ODI series against Australia.
Woakes was further forced to get ruled out of the T20I and ODI series against India. However, he hasn’t been sidelined out of the Test series yet.
If Woakes get an opportunity to play in the 2nd XI match, he will then feature for the England Lions in their four-day match against India A at Worcestershire. If he does appear in the four-day game, he will be bowling too.
The return of Woakes might also answer some problems for Engla din the bowling department.
His inclusion in the Test series in less than six weeks will be a huge boost for the home team.
He took to his Instagram handle to share the fact that he has been taking a course of injections to settle down the ligament problem to his ankle.
Woakes message to fans,
“I’ve had some injections in my left ankle for an ongoing ligament problem after seeing brilliant specialists and having different scans. It needs 5 days rest then aiming to run Tuesday and build up quickly with an aim to play for Notts CCC against Surrey CCC 22nd July. That’s the plan!” he had written on his Instagram handle.
James Anderson is also in the process of making a comeback in competitive cricket.
The right-arm pacer might also take part in the second XI in a three day game against Nottinghamshire on 15th July. He last took part in a Test match in June against Pakistan.
Anderson now hopes to fully recuperate from the shoulder injury which has stalled his progress in the recovery process.