England bowler Chris Woakes provides fitness update ahead of World Cup and Ashes

‘I feel like I’ll still be able to get through constant days of cricket. It’s in a better place than it was in the West Indies,’ Woakes told Sky Sports.

‘I just found that in the Caribbean when it flared up a little bit, I struggled to get out of second gear and it just felt like I couldn’t really get going.

‘Since getting back it’s been good to have a couple of injections, settle it down, build a bit of strength around it and do a bit of rehab. I feel like I’ve turned a corner with it.

‘At the minute, surgery is not an option. Further down the line, maybe at some point it might be an option.

‘You know, injuries are part and parcel of the game and part of professional sport. But what happened in the Champions Trophy gives me a little bit of extra motivation to be right for an exciting summer ahead.

‘It’s just something which I have to manage and constantly maintain. As a fast bowler you’re always going to have something that’s sore, so if that’s the only thing that’s sore I’ll take that.

‘Looking at the schedule moving forward, although there’s a lot of cricket, it’s actually quite spaced out nicely so that shouldn’t be an issue.’

England will name their World Cup squad later in the month, ahead of their opening fixture against South Africa at The Oval on May 30.


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