February 20, 2018, 22:09

Chris Woakes targets ODI series whitewash ahead of Australia Day clash

Chris Woakes targets ODI series whitewash ahead of Australia Day clash

Chris Woakes has warned Australia that England have no intention of easing up as they plot an ODI series whitewash.

England currently lead the five match series 3-0 with the fourth instalment to take place on Friday, January 26 – Australia Day.

With the momentum behind them, Woakes wants England to ruin Australia’s day of national celebration, saying: “We’ll still be trying to go out there on a big day for them, Australia Day, and turn them over.

“We’ve got the momentum and winning is a habit so we’ll be trying to do that in the last two games to secure a 5-0 whitewash. It is a huge motivation.

“We’re obviously delighted to win the series and be 3-0 ahead, but we won’t be letting up.

“You don’t come out to Australia and win too often, so once you’ve got your foot on the throat you want to keep it down.”

Woakes’ ruthless tone may be down to the fact he was part of England’s 4-0 Ashes series defeat, playing in four of the five Tests.

The all-rounder struggled during the series, recording a batting average of 16.28 and a bowling average of 49.50.

However, the 28-year-old has experienced an upturn in form since the focus switched to limited-overs cricket, and unbeaten knocks of 39 and 53 have helped England to victories in recent weeks.

Explaining his contrasting fortunes, Woakes said: “It’s just a different game…different format, different ball.

“It’s more of a mindset thing because you’re constantly trying to hit the ball in one-day cricket whereas in Test cricket you’re more wary.

“It’s amazing how much it changes.”

Sourse: skysports.com

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