England have included all-rounder Chris Woakes for the second game against West Indies that will be played at Headingley, Leeds. The Warwickshire player is set to replace Toby-Roland Jones for the game.
The all-rounder suffered an injury that has kept him out of the game for three months. Before injury, he was regular for England across all three formats for the past two years. He suffered a side strain in the opening game of ICC Champions Trophy against Bangladesh and missed the big series against South Africa in the summer.
However, England comfortably brushed aside South Africa in the four-match Test series as Toby Roland-Jones bowled well coming in place of Woakes as third front line seamer. Woakes’s recent domestic performance against Middlesex also led to him being called up into the squad for the second game against West Indies.
England will hope Chris Woakes can quickly find his groove with the ball as the side is scheduled to play Ashes series against Australia in Australia at the end of this year. Joe Root clarified that Roland-Jones is a big part of England plans for the future and he should not be worried about his place in scheme of things going forward.
Woakes has taken 48 wickets from 17 games while also producing two crucial half centuries with the bat for England.