x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

Chris Woakes keeping his focus on England

The newcomer says his mind is on helping England win today's second Twenty20 against Australia, rather than selection for the World Cup.

Chris Woakes, England's newest international, is refusing to get carried away by his match-winning debut against Australia in the first Twenty20 at Adelaide.

Woakes, 21, stole the headlines on his first night in the England spotlight as he hit a single from the final ball of a tense match to seal a record eighth consecutive T20 win by a single wicket on Wednesday.

Woakes's unbeaten 19 from 15 balls steered England home when others around him lost their composure in a late-innings collapse that had threatened defeat for Paul Collingwood's side.

But his coolness under pressure, plus an impressive bowling display that crucially helped frustrate Australia's late hitting, was impressive enough to leave him fielding questions today about the possibility of a World Cup call-up.

Time would seem to be against him, however, with the 15-man squads due to be named on Wednesday. The right-armer conceded he was focusing only on trying to earn selection for today's final T20 in Melbourne.

"At the minute I am just concentrating on the game," he said.

"I can't look too far ahead, there's obviously guys who are out injured at the moment who might be coming back.

"The competition for places in the side is very high so it keeps you on your toes.

"I'll try to keep doing what I'm doing and hopefully I'll be selected for the next game.

"Before Christmas I was only with the academy out here in Australia, so anything that might come in the future is just an added bonus."