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After beating India in their one-off Twenty20 International, England all-rounder Chris Woakes has announced that the national team definitely have a chance of winning the World Cup.
However, Woakes seems to be the only one with a positive mindset since legendary all-rounder Sir Ian Botham, former off-spinner Graeme Swann and even captain Alastair Cook don’t think England stand a chance.
“Yes, 100 per cent,” Woakes told Sky Sports when asked if England can win the World Cup. “We have got to become more consistent and we have got to improve our skills in certain areas, but we have got six months to focus on it.
“There is no Test cricket between now and then – it is all one-day cricket – so hopefully we can improve our skills, go to Sri Lanka, do well there, and then move on to Australia and do well in the World Cup.
“We have got a long time to improve our skills and hopefully we can do that.”
Woakes also noted that England should ignore all their critics and keep on maintaining a positive attitude.
“We try not to talk about outside influences,” he said. “Everyone has their opinion, and they can say what they want, but all that matters is that we in the changing room are trying to do the job in hand and win games for England.
“We didn’t have the best one-day series, we didn’t play our best cricket – we know that – but I thought we finished strongly at Headingley and showed glimpses of what we are capable of.
“It’s just being more consistent in the one-day game, I think. And to beat India at a game which they are very good at – T20 cricket – I thought we did really well and if we can become more consistent we will win more games of cricket.”