Woakes out to prove Giles right
Chris Woakes would like nothing better than to repay the faith Ashley Giles has shown in him by helping England come from 1-0 down to win the one-day international series in New Zealand.
- Related Content
Woakes' upward career path has coincided, for Warwickshire and now England, with former Ashes-winner Giles' coaching stewardship at county and international level.
The 23-year-old seam-bowling all-rounder, a core member of England's squads here in all three formats, was in the team which lost by three wickets in Hamilton yesterday.
England must therefore win at Napier's McLean Park on Wednesday to stay in with a chance of adding an ODI series victory to the Twenty20 success they have already banked against the Kiwis, in only the second assignment under new limited-overs coach Giles.
Woakes reports that day-to-day England involvement does not feel especially different since England split the coaching roles between Giles and Andy Flower, the latter now a Test specialist.
But he does have a rapport with Giles thanks to their time together at Edgbaston, and would love to give his mentor a flying start in his new job.
"He was a selector beforehand, so it doesn't make a massive difference (to me)," Woakes said.
"But the fact he was there for Warwickshire for five years while I was starting my career is a little bit of a confidence boost, and means I can approach him at any point.
"It's great to have him around, and I hope we can win this series for him."
Woakes made 17 at better than a run a ball from number seven at Seddon Park, and then added two for 52 with the ball as well as a smart piece of work to complete the run-out of the well-set Kane Williamson.
It was to no avail, however, because Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill carried the hosts to victory with seven balls to spare.
Woakes gave himself a fair but not outstanding report as he reflected on his ninth ODI appearance.
"I thought it went okay," he said.
"It would have been nice to have stayed in till the end with the bat, and put some more runs on the board.
"Obviously, we thought we were slightly short with the bat. So it would have been nice to contribute there a little bit more.
"With the ball, I didn't finish as well as I'd like to. But to pick up two wickets in the middle was pleasing."
For New Zealand, the victory came at a price.
Mitchell McClenaghan and Guptill played important parts with ball and bat respectively. But a side strain for the seamer and hamstring trouble for the opener mean McClenaghan will play no further part in the series and Guptill will be missing from the next match at least.
In their place, New Zealand have called up Tim Southee and Hamish Rutherford.
Woakes senses England may benefit from New Zealand's injury misfortune.
"When you lose two of your top XI, it's important," he said.
"I hope we can capitalise on that.
"McClenaghan has been good so far, and in the Twenty20 series. So it's got to be better for us [that he's out]"