Chris Woakes feared England T20 career was over before World Cup recall

England star Chris Woakes has admitted that he feared his T20I career could be over, before earning a surprise recall to the side ahead of the T20 World Cup.

Woakes has been a regular in Test and ODI cricket, but had not played a T20 game for England since 2015 before this summer.

The 32-year-old was called up for the Sri Lanka series in June and featured in two games, eventually earning a spot in the World Cup squad.

Speaking ahead of the start of the tournament, Woakes admitted that he did feel as though he may never play T20 cricket for England again.

Chris Woakes made his first T20 appearance for England in almost six years this summer
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“I certainly hadn’t given up but at the same time I thought maybe that ship had potentially sailed,” he said.

“I’d be lying if I said I thought I was probably going to get another go.

“I hoped I might get another go, whenever that was, and I wasn’t thinking of retiring from that format but I certainly thought they might have moved on from going back to me.

“Obviously I’m delighted to have the opportunity to have another go at a World Cup and I’m really excited about that.

“There are no guarantees that myself, or anyone else, will be selected for the next one so you have to make the most of the here and now. It’s a great opportunity to lift silverware for your country.

“To be honest, I think this T20 World Cup could be won by pretty much anyone, so that’s also exciting and it’s a great tournament to be a part of.”

Despite not playing T20 cricket for England in almost six years prior to this summer, Woakes does have some franchise experience that he can draw on, having featured for three teams in the IPL in the interim.

Woakes is part of England’s T20 World Cup squad
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“The way the game’s moved forward across three formats, there’s no way I’d have made my T20 debut back in 2011,” Woakes added.

“Back then I’d performed as a red-ball cricketer more than anything else, yet I was handed my T20 debut.

“The game’s changed, there are more players playing certain formats now and they’re committed to that.

“I’d like to have played a few more than a handful of games in this format, but I think not having to concentrate too much on international T20 has helped my other formats, in particular my ODI game and Tests as well.

“I’ve played a hell of a lot of T20 cricket for quite a few franchise teams, including some IPL stuff, against some high-quality performers. Hopefully I can draw on that experience and it can benefit me.”

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