Woakes: No reason why England cannot whitewash Australia 5-0

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Chris Woakes: “You don’t come out to Australia and win too often, so once you’ve got your foot on the throat you want to keep it down”

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England all-rounder Chris Woakes has called on his side to keep their foot on the gas and show no mercy, even though they already hold an unassailable 3-0 lead over Australia in their ongoing ODI series.

The fourth ODI will be held in Adelaide on January 26, which is Australia Day. Given that England have been unstoppable throughout the series, Woakes wants his teammates to spoil the celebrations.

“We’ll still be trying to go out there on a big day for them, Australia Day, and turn them over,” he was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. “We’ve got the momentum and winning is a habit so we’ll be trying to do that in the last two games to secure a 5-0 whitewash. It is a huge motivation.

“We’re obviously delighted to win the series and be 3-0 ahead, but we won’t be letting up. You don’t come out to Australia and win too often, so once you’ve got your foot on the throat you want to keep it down.”

Woakes’ aggression likely stems from the fact that he was part of England’s Ashes squad that was beaten 4-0. The 28-year-old featured in four of the five Tests and scored 114 runs at an average of 16.28. He also picked up 10 wickets at an average of 49.50.

However, it has been a whole different story in the ODI series as Woakes has made scores of 39 not out and an unbeaten 53. He has also taken four wickets.

When asked about his change in fortunes, the Birmingham native said: “It’s just a different game…different format, different ball.

“It’s more of a mindset thing because you’re constantly trying to hit the ball in one-day cricket whereas in Test cricket you’re more wary. It’s amazing how much it changes.”

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