England all-rounder Chris Woakes set to return from injury layoff with appearance for Warwickshire's 2nd XI

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Woakes is set to play as a batsman for Warwickshire's 2nd XI next week.

Chris Woakes is set to return to action next week after making “good progress” with the knee injury which ruled him out since last month’s Headingley Test.

Woakes is one of England‘s three frontline Test seamers currently on the sidelines but preparing for a comeback in time for the five-match series which begins against India on his home ground at Edgbaston on August 1.

In a brief lunchtime statement on Friday, the England and Wales Cricket Board said Woakes is on target to return as a specialist batsman only in a Warwickshire second XI match and then take a full part in the England Lions’ four-day fixture against India A on July 16.

A statement read: “England and Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes is making good progress on his injured right quad and knee.

“He is expected to return as a batsman in Warwickshire’s three-day 2nd XI match against Leicestershire, starting on Tuesday, July 10 at Kibworth Cricket Club.

“Woakes will also feature for the England Lions in their four-day match against India A at Worcester starting on July 16.

“He will play a full part in the match.”

Woakes’ fellow Test seamers Stuart Broad and James Anderson are preparing for imminent comebacks, too.

Broad has had injections for ligament trouble in his left ankle but hopes to be back for Nottinghamshire’s Specsavers County Championship match against Surrey on July 22.

Anderson, also missing since the Headingley Test with a longstanding problem in his bowling shoulder, is due to take part in a specially arranged second XI match for Lancashire against Nottinghamshire on July 15 – and then the Roses championship match a week later.

England are expected to announce their Test squad after the conclusion of the championship matches starting on July 22.

An update is also anticipated, meanwhile, on the fitness of all-rounder Ben Stokes – who was set to join up with England’s white-ball squad in Cardiff on Friday following his recovery from the hamstring injury which ruled him out of the Leeds Test against Pakistan.

Stokes has bruised his foot, however, after twice hitting the ball onto it while practising before his comeback in Durham’s Vitality Blast match against Yorkshire on Thursday evening.

He was still able to make an unbeaten 90 as a specialist batsman in that 44-run defeat, but plans for him to be fully available again in time for Sunday’s final T20 against India in Bristol may be on hold.

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India pacer Jasprit Bumrah ruled out of ODI series against England, to be replaced by Shardul Thakur

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Bumrah will miss the ODI series too after being ruled out of the T20s.

India seamer Jasprit Bumrah will miss the one-day international series against England after having surgery on his broken thumb.

Bumrah, who suffered the injury in India’s first Twenty20 international against Ireland, will be replaced for this month’s three ODIs by fellow pace bowler Shardul Thakur.

India are yet to name their squad for the five-match Test series against England which starts at Edgbaston on August 1.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India issued a brief statement on Bumrah’s injury and Thakur’s call-up on Friday morning.

It read: “The all-India senior selection committee has named Shardul Thakur as Jasprit Bumrah’s replacement in India’s ODI squad.

“Bumrah underwent a surgery on Wednesday, July 4 in Leeds before returning to India.

“The surgery was successful and he will commence rehabilitation under the supervision of the BCCI medical team.”

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Pakistan teenager Shaheen Afridi credits PSL experience for sensational display against Australia

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The Pakistan starlet picked up three wickets on Thursday.

Pakistan teenager Shaheen Shah Afridi was on fire on Thursday in his side’s 45-run demolition of Australia in the T20 tri-series in Harare.

The 18-year-old picked up his first international wicket for Pakistan on the way to returning with figures of 3-37 in Pakistan’s big win at the Harare Sports Club.

After Pakistan had put up 194-7 on the board, their bowlers shone as Australia were restricted to 149-7 in their 20 overs.

The left-arm pacer showed terrific skills with the ball in picking up the big wickets of the in-form Aaron Finch, D’Arcy Short and Glenn Maxwell to pave the way for a comprehensive Pakistan victory.

After the victory, the left-armed pacer revealed that he had been planning the wickets of Finch and Maxwell since Wednesday.

“Since yesterday I was planning to get the wickets of those two players (Finch and Maxwell) which is why I am glad it worked out perfectly,” he said.

Short's stumps are rattled by Afridi.

Short’s stumps are rattled by Afridi.

The youngster had credited his experience of playing in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) for the Lahore Qalandars earlier this year for his mature display on Thursday.

“After PSL, I don’t feel any pressure going into an international game and it aids in calming my nerves,” the teenager said.

The young prodigy also has fond memories of his dismissal of his namesake Shahid Afridi during the PSL although he clarified that the two share no direct relation.

“I was pleased to pick up his wicket during a PSL match as he is such a big star in international cricket. I was hit for a six before on the ball before I dismissed him, which made the moment more special,” the pacer stated.

“Although we hail from the same community, we are not direct relatives,” he added.

Thursday’s clash against Australia was only the second international appearance for the young Afridi after he made his Pakistan debut in a T20I against the West Indies in April this year.

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