Chris Woakes bats away Ashes curfew to focus on pink balls and bouncers

Expectations are high in the England and Australia camps that 20 wickets will be easier to take using the pink Kookaburra ball in the second Ashes Test

There is a game going on here on Saturday. It may be even more relevant than the one taking place in Canterbury, New Zealand, on Sunday and it was Chris Woakes, who was plucked out to remind us of the importance of the second Test in Adelaide.

It was always going to be Woakes. The Warwickshire all-rounder has many assets; he can bowl brisk away-swingers, he bats properly and when the England and Wales Cricket Board requires someone to chat to the press at a time when there is a bit too much going on for its liking, he is No1 on the list. He has safer hands than David Seaman ever possessed. Woakes is engaging, cheerful, cooperative and measured. He was never going to embarrass the England tour party in a week when they have seemed ever more open to ridicule.

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