Chris Woakes returns to England line-up for Headingley Test

Chris Woakes and bowling coach Ottis Gibson during nets
Chris Woakes and bowling coach Ottis Gibson during nets
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England have made one change to the line-up for the second Test against West Indies that begins on Friday at Headingley with all-rounder Chris Woakes replacing Toby Roland-Jones.

Woakes' last appearance in the longer format came in December last year as a side strain had kept him on the sidelines, even forcing him to miss the Champions Trophy 2017 tournament.

Having played a couple of games for the Warwickshire second team, the 28-year-old had an impressive County Championship game against Middlesex earlier this month where he picked five wickets and scored a half-century as well.

Meanwhile, Toby Roland-Jones, who had an impressive start to his Test career with an eight wicket haul against South Africa at The Oval, could not quite replicate his form in the next two matches where he managed just six wickets.

The news was confirmed by England skipper Joe Root in pre-match conference.

"Chris is back in and Toby misses out, unfortunately," Root told Sky Sports News.

West Indies looked completely out of sorts in the opening game where they posted just 168 and 137, thereby losing the game by an innings and 209 runs but Root is expecting the men from Caribbean to bounce back with the series on line.

"West Indies will be desperate to bounce back," added Root.

A win for England in the second Test will see them beat West Indies for six continuos series in a row at home.

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