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Proving the doubters wrong has become such a hackneyed expression of late that one red-top sports editor sent a department-wide email last year outlawing its use in intros. Doing so, however, remains a prime motivator for many a sportsman, with Chris Woakes among them.

The 27-year-old said as much on the morning of his call-up for this second Test with Sri Lanka – the day of his career-best nine for 36 against Durham – when he conceded that “until you deliver at international level, there are people who don’t believe that you truly belong” and how he now hoped to “set a few people right along the way”.

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