England fast bowler Chris Woakes will take no further part in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy after suffering from a side strain in the first game against Bangladesh. Woakes delivered only two overs before he walked off the field due to the problem. England did win their first game despite Woakes’s absence in the game. England and Wales Cricket Board issued a statement saying that Chris Woakes is ruled out of the competition for England as he will undergo treatment on his injury.
The candidates to replace Woakes are Steve Finn and Toby-Roland Jones who played for the same county, Middlesex. The duo appeared for England in the third and final game of the series against South Africa at Lords. England management did take precautions even in the series against South Africa where Woakes was rested for the last two games to make sure he fit for Champions Trophy. The fast bowler ouster from the competition is a slight setback to England as he has been a leading wicket-taker for the side since the World Cup 2015.
England will go have to play their next couple of games without their man pacer as the hosts are yet to win the 50-over trophy after reaching the finals of the Champions Trophy on two occasion against West Indies in 2004 and India in 2013.