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Stuart Broad s World Cup and
Champions Trophy ambitions are still
achievable, despite his omission "on
merit" from England s latest limited-
Broad s exclusion from squads of 14
and 13 to take on Sri Lanka in five Royal
London one-day internationals and
one NatWest Twenty20 comes at a
time when he continues to make clear
his hopes of being involved in two global
50-over tournaments in this country
over the next three years.
England s former Twenty20 captain
has 243 white-ball wickets for his coun-
try.But it is his Test prowess - he is third
behind team-mate James Anderson in
England s all-time wicket-taking list -
which is most highly-prized at pres-
Broad returned, after nearly a year s
absence following England s woeful
2015 World Cup campaign, to feature
in two ODIs - as an injury replacement
- in last winter s series defeat in South
After being left out once more, how-
ever, he will be in his 30s if and when
he is selected again.
England coach Trevor Bayliss
explained why others have been pre-
ferred, but he has not ruled out another
return for Broad at some stage.
"On this occasion, the team has been
picked on merit - but that doesn t mean
its the end of the career for him," said
"There s bowlers in the team that
still haven t cemented their spot, that s
"He s there or thereabouts. He is
certainly in the mix, with the Cham-
pions Trophy next year."
Two summers further down the line,
Broad would turn 33 mid-tournament
at the next World Cup.
Bayliss added: "He s keen to play at
home in the 2019 World Cup, so we
are aware of that.
"There is no reason why he couldn t
be playing in the Champions Trophy
next year, or the World cup in 2019 -
but just at the moment, the selectors
feel the bowlers who have been selected
deserve their opportunity first."
While Broad must wait and see if he
is given another chance, Jonny Bairstow
has been granted his---reward for his
vastly-improved Test match batting.
The Yorkshireman will not, however,
be keeping wicket as he does in Tests
---because Jos Buttler remains the
"Jos is the wicketkeeper and has been
in the last few white-ball series," said
Bayliss, who has no qualms about pick-
ing Bairstow as a specialist batsman.
"There is no one hitting the ball as
well as Jonny, so he deserves his oppor-
"He is certainly capable of doing it
when he s not keeping.
"He s enthusiastic, whatever he does,
and he s just happy to be in the team."
Buttler s task is to return, after a stint
at the Indian Premier League, in the
white-ball form he showed for much
Bayliss won't rule out Broad
of last winter.
He lost his Test place to Bairstow
through a shortage of runs against
Pakistan in the United Arab Emi-
But according to Bayliss, there
could yet be a route back - in the
same team as Bairstow again - to
face Pakistan during a four-match
series beginning next month.
Only two Specsavers County
Championship matches fall at the
right time for Buttler to demon-
strate with Lancashire he is again
happy hitting the red ball too.
"It could (happen), if he scores
some runs in the four-day game
to show us he s back in form---
because we know the devastating
player he can be," said the coach.
"It is unfortunate we haven t
got any games in the next few
weeks---but he will get his oppor-
tunity, I m sure."
One Test player unlikely to be
back is out-of-form number three
Bayliss stopped well short of
confirming that, of course - but
after 51 runs in five innings against
Sri Lanka, with a career average
under 30 and approaching his 33rd
birthday, Compton may have run
out of chances.
"I m not going to pre-empt any-
thing," said Bayliss.
"Obviously, he will be disap-
pointed with the amount of runs
he s made in this series."
Chris Woakes feels ready to realise
his full Test potential after spending
three years honing his pace bowling
The 27-year-old Warwickshire star
has admitted he had to recalibrate his
swing attack after working to add an
extra yard of pace in a bid to thrive in
the Test arena.
Woakes took advantage of Ben
Stokes injury absence in the 2-0 series
win over Sri Lanka and now wants the
chance to extend his stay in the side.
England start the five-match one-
day series against Sri Lanka at Trent
Bridge on Tuesday, with Woakes eyeing
a strong performance to stand him in
good stead for later challenges against
"I ve always believed I ve been good
enough to play at Test level but I ve
dipped in and out a bit, and the series
against India in 2014, it felt like I bowled
well without getting the rewards," said
"My better spells have come when
I ve had a little period in the team, so
I ve always believed I ve been good
enough but you still have your doubts
until you do it.
"So from the Durham Test on it was
a bit of a breakthrough really. I always
believed I could but it was about letting
people around me know it.
"I saw something that Cookie (Alas-
tair Cook) said, when I was going to
play in Durham, he said we don t feel
like we ve seen the best of Chris Woakes
yet , which is understandable and a fair
"I feel I gave a glimpse over the last
two Test matches of what I can give.
"With confidence going forward, I
might be in with a shout for the Pak-
istan series, or with Test series coming
up in the future, knowing that they
can call on me and have seen what I
Woakes answered England s call after
Stokes knee injury in the first Test
against Sri Lanka put him out of the
rest of the series.
He knows full well Stokes will be in
the mix for the Pakistan Test series,
starting at Lord s on July 14, but Woakes
now feels he offers a far more rounded
threat with the ball, as he bids for a
spot in the England line-up.
"I d like to think I have given the
selectors a headache," said Woakes.
"But at the same time we know Ben
(Stokes), if 100 per cent fit, he ll come
straight back into the team.
"We ve seen what he s done over the
past 12 months, he s a brilliant cricketer,
he gives the team great balance.
"I d be stupid to think that, if Ben s
fit, I m going to play, but I might have
given them a headache that I might be
able to fit into the team even if he s
just come back in and is involved again.
"Who knows what will happen?
There s quite a bit of cricket to be played
before then and my performances in
the One-Day series will count.
"I know it s completely different for-
mats but if you re completely out of
nick with the ball you won t get picked.
Woakes ready to fulfil potential
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