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Ashes 2017-18: England’s Chris Woakes takes six wickets as Cricket Australia XI end day 1 at 249 for 9

Ashes 2017-18

-Day one: Cricket Australia XI 249-9 v England
-Tourists have anxious wait after Jonny Bairstow finger injury.

Chris Woakes took six wickets as England were made to field all day by a Cricket Australia XI in their final Ashes warm-up match.

Woakes (6-54) took four wickets for eight runs either side of lunch to help reduce CA XI to 118-5, but the hosts stubbornly reached 249-9 at the close.

“With Ben being away all of us have got to step up,” Woakes said on Wednesday (November 15), hoping to fill the sizeable shoes of Stokes. “Hopefully I can do that, hopefully I can score runs and take wickets. That’s my plan. I’ll be trying my best to do that.”

Woakes was the standout of an England attack missing Anderson and he claimed two wickets in each session. After a sluggish start in Townsville, where England were on the brink of a wicketless opening session, the 28-year-old removed openers Jake Carder (39) and Nick Larkin (30) before breaking CA XI’s backbone after lunch with a further two scalps.

“It’s nice to get wickets in any game. A week away from the first Test, it’s nice to hit a bit of form,” he added. “I’ll continue to work and hopefully be ready for next week.”

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