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Woakes back for England in second Test at Headingley

Woakes back for England in second Test at Headingley

Woakes back for England in second Test at Headingley

Woakes replaces Middlesex seamer Toby Roland-Jones in the only change to the side that thrashed the West Indies by an innings and 209 runs inside three days during last week's inaugural day/night Test in England at Edgbaston.

"Chris is back in, Toby unfortunately misses out", said captain Joe Root.

The recent defeat of the West Indies by England in the "pink" Test is yet another example of the long-running travails of the once all-conquering team from the Caribbean.

Middlesex seamer Roland-Jones has taken 14 wickets in his three Tests, including a five-for on debut, but Woakes enjoyed a fine summer past year with bat and ball to ensure he returned once over a side strain. Since his injury, Woakes has managed one First-Class match. "He's not done a lot wrong - he's taken his opportunities, played some fantastic cricket and I see him being a massive part of our future, but it's a great chance for Chris to come back and show his class like he did a year ago".

Excluding matches against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, the West Indies have won just three out of 87 away Tests during the past 20 years. The second test match is scheduled in a different time than the first, it was the first ever day-night Test match in England on August 17.

"He's not done a lot wrong". "The way we played in the last game and the two previous games - we've played some really strong cricket, and the more momentum we can build moving forward is really important for us".

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Bairstow backed the team to score runs in Leeds.

Head coach Stuart Law said he was disappointed that Ambrose - a former bowling coach with the national side - had criticised the side in a newspaper column, rather than addressing the players face-to-face. We have to understand why it is there. We are not performing as well as we want.

"What can we do?"

"These guys need the chance to prove that they are good enough to play for West Indies and I am backing them a hundred per cent".

"It's a hard game when you are playing against two guys (Anderson and Broad) who've got almost 1,000 wickets in Test cricket and we've got guys playing their first games here".

"They are young men; they haven't played cricket in this part of the world", said Law. "To come home where I've spent a lot of time watching cricket, learning about the game, making my own way in the game here as well, it will be very special".

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