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Nice To Finish Summer In Winning Fashion - Woakes

Warwickshire and England all-rounder Chris Woakes tells Cricket World that finishing the summer with a brace of wins against India is a 'really nice feeling'.

Woakes bowled the final over of a pulsating Twenty20 International at Edgbaston which England won by three runs, and was also involved when they won the fifth and final One-Day International by 41 runs.

Speaking to us at Edgbaston, where he was helping present a local school with a special Lord's Taverners minibus, he describes how he felt to be bowling England to victory.

"We didn't play our best cricket, but to get a win at Headingley, then to finish it off with a win here at Edgbaston was a really nice feeling," he said.

"With a high percentage of the crowd supporting India, it was pretty loud here as you can imagine.
"It was nice to get over the line and to finish the game off was quite sweet."

Woakes celebrates during England's Twenty20 International win over India

Woakes celebrates during England's Twenty20 International win over India
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The atmosphere at Edgbaston - where Woakes plays his domestic cricket with Warwickshire - was such that it could be compared with playing away from home.

"It's a great atmosphere, obviously it would be nice if they were supporting you, but credit to them, they love their cricket and are passionate about the Indian cricket team," Woakes said when pressed on what it was like to play in front of such a partisan crowd.

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"It is a bit different playing in front of what is supposed to be a home crowd, either way it was nice to win the game. The boys did really well," he added.

"Eoin Morgan’s 70 was very special, then I thought the way the boys bowled at the end, previous to my final over, was fantastic - they closed the game out really well."

2014 has been something of a breakthrough summer for Woakes, who played in three Tests, all four ODIs and the Twenty20 game against India as well as the Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka.

Having become somewhat accustomed to carrying the drinks as England's 12th man, he is pleased to have now had a good run in the side.

"It's been a great summer for myself, to be in the England squad at the start of the summer, unfortunately missing out on the final 11 on a few occasions was quite frustrating.

"Obviously then to finally get my chance and to be part of a series win in a Test series against India was brilliant."

Coupled with his international experiences came an appearance at T20 Blast Finals Day, where he played a key role in the Birmingham Bears lifting the title, taking eight wickets in six appearances throughout the tournament in all.

Woakes has played his part in a fine season for Warwickshire

Woakes has played his part in a fine season for Warwickshire
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"Finals day here in Warwickshire was a great occasion and it was great to bring home a trophy for the club.

"The more you play at the top level the better you get so it's been a good summer so far and hopefully I can finish it strongly with Warwickshire."

It has been a fine season for the Bears, who up until very recently were in with a shout of winning all three domestic competitions.

And while their LV= County Championship hopes appear to have now gone, they have the Royal London One Day Cup final to look forward to at Lord's on 21st September.

"The boys have played some really good cricket over the length of the summer.

"To be still in with a shout of the one-day cup having already won the T20...and we're not that far from the Championship, although it looks like Yorkshire may be running away with it.

"Credit to the whole squad at Edgbaston really and it would be great to lift another one at Lord's in a few weeks time."

That would certainly cap a memorable summer indeed for Woakes and Durham, their opponents, will need to work out a way to score runs off a man who has already kept Andrew Flintoff and MS Dhoni quiet at the business end of high-pressure finales this season.

© Cricket World 2014

Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham

India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London

India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton

England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London

England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff

India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham

India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham

India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds

England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham

England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs