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England all-rounder Chris Woakes has made it clear that the Indian Premier League (IPL) is not to blame for the side strain injury he sustained.
Woakes suffered the injury during England’s Champions Trophy opener against Bangladesh on Thursday and was subsequently ruled out for the remainder of the tournament.
After returning from his stint with the Kolkata Knight Riders at the IPL, the 28-year-old featured in the three-match ODI series against South Africa, but only played the first game due to a thigh injury.
“When I came back from the IPL, my body felt as good as it can be,” he said. “I felt in a good space physically and mentally, and I was confident too because I bowled well out there.
“There were no signs of my side being tight or sore before the game yesterday, so it’s just one of those things and you have to take it on the chin.
“More than anything, it’s really frustrating. It’s a tough one to take, right at the start of a tournament which we have been building up to as a team for a while.
“We’ve had our eyes on the Champions Trophy for a while now as a team and we were coming into the tournament in good form. The toughest thing as a bowler is having to come off after only bowling a couple of overs.”
Woakes only bowled two overs against Bangladesh before leaving the field, but it was midway through his second over that the Birmingham native knew something was wrong.
“I finished two overs but it was probably on the third or fourth ball of the second over that it felt like something had become tight in my side,” he added. “I managed to finish the over but by the last ball, I knew that something really wasn’t right. To a certain extent, it felt like someone was sticking a knife in my side.
“I knew it wasn’t going to be good news. It was then a matter of seeing how bad it would be on the scan results.”