England in disbelief over ODI renaissance

England allrounder, Chris Woakes has admitted that England's remarkable turnaround in fortunes in ODI cricket has left many of the players in disbelief.

Commenting after England set a new world record for the highest total in an ODI with their 444/3 against Pakistan, Woakes feels it is hard to believe that just over a year ago England exited the World Cup at the group stage.

Woakes said: "It's credit to the way the guys have played, the way it's led from the coach, the captain and all the way through,

"We are encouraged to play our natural games and the batsmen have led that. It's only happened since 12 months ago, that series against New Zealand, but we do have to pinch ourselves a little bit because the improvements have been dramatic from where we were. Hopefully that can continue.

"We realise there's still a lot of improvement to make, we aren't the finished article, and I think that showed in the first two games of the series – although we were winning we felt we could improve and we showed that.

"It still wasn't perfect, probably the perfect performance with the bat, but still things to work on."

Scarily the performance from England can still be improved, especially in the field, but Woakes was happy with his effort as he took 4 for 41.

He continued: "Just an amazing day, really, to set a world record is phenomenal. It's a really amazing achievement by the team."

When asked if England could break the 500 barrier, Woakes was skeptical: "Who knows? If the boys keep batting the way they are you can never say never but it would be a really freakish day,

"We've seen 400 reached a lot more often but whether 500 can happen, I'm not sure it can to be honest. I hope not as a bowler."

Woakes had little to say about the tour to Bangladesh but when pressed offered: "It's a tricky one,

"I'm going to sound like a bit of a broken record from what the lads have said before, we are trying to concentrate on our cricket for this series.

"We are having all the discussions with Reg, the security people, [Andrew] Strauss, and I'm sure by the end of the series everyone will have to have made their minds up and I'm in exactly the same boat. You have to respect the security level that Reg has reported back on."

 

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