Chris Woakes will consider give the IPL play-offs a miss if Delhi Capitals think of excluding him in the first XI after reaching the final four stages of the tournament. Speaking to The Guardian, he told that will be speaking the Capitals coach Ricky Ponting about this to know the planning.
Woakes to Speak to Ponting
England and New Zealand Test players might have to miss the first Test at Lord’s which is set to clash with the IPL play-offs in May end. In this situation, England all-rounder Chris Woakes will think of giving miss to the IPL play-off stages is he is not a part of Delhi Capitals plan for the stage. Woakes told that he would be speaking to the DC coach Ricky Ponting to know if he (Woakes) is a part of their scheme. “If I’m not in the Delhi XI, I’ll speak to Ricky (Ponting) and the powers-that-be. Of course I want to play at Lord’s, my record there (27 wickets at 11 runs apiece, a career-best 137 with the bat) speaks for itself. But those Tests were arranged late,” Stokes told ‘The Guardian’.
Woakes further added, “England want us to broaden our horizons in the IPL and, at this stage of my career, these opportunities won’t keep coming up. If it means missing a Test, that unfortunately might be the case.”
Woakes on his IPL Campaign with DC
Woakes will be joining his Delhi teammates in Mumbai on Sunday ahead of IPL 2021 preparations. Regarding his IPL campaign with Delhi Capitals Woakes said, “Delhi have been loyal to me and I want to repay that. It’s my third season in the IPL overall (after spells with Kolkata and Bangalore) and I always come back a better cricketer.”
Woakes who is also planning to work on his death bowling skill and power-hitting is eager to play the upcoming T20 World Cup. “I don’t want to rule out the T20 World Cup at all, I still see myself as a three-format cricketer.” He said, “I’m looking to work on my variations, death bowling and explore some power-hitting options. Hopefully I can give Morgs (captain Eoin Morgan) and England a reminder of what I can do.”