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England’s Chris Woakes hoping to bring fine form home to Edgbaston

A decade after his first class debut Woakes is having a summer to remember, and is preparing for a first Test appearance in his hometown

Chris Woakes is a happy Brummie at present, with the all-rounder not only glowing with form but riding the wave into his first Test match on his home ground of Edgbaston on Wednesday.

It is the venue where, 10 years ago this week, Woakes made his first-class debut for Warwickshire against West Indies A, having by that stage already tasted the Test match experience when, during the previous summer, he and his fellow academy players were roped into helping the groundstaff during the epic 2005 Ashes Test.

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