England pace bowler Chris Woakes said on Tuesday that they were happy to chase down 309 runs in hot and humid conditions.
England defeated BCB XI by four wickets in their warm-up game to begin their tour on a right note at the Fatullah Stadium after their batmen chased down the score to reach 313-6 in 46.1 overs.
‘It is a tough condition, something we are not
used to and we’ve only been here for a few days,’ Woakes told reporters after the match.
‘So it was a good run out, it was a good performance.
‘To win out here on any conditions against any team is a good result, and to chase down over 300 on any pitch is also a good chase.
‘So it is a good performance.’
Woakes praised the bowlers to remain calm and pull back the game in the end as they did not allow the BCB XI reach over 350 runs that was very much a possibility at one point.
BCB XI were 260-3 after the end of the 40th over and going by the modern day cricket it is always possible to score 90 runs from last 10 overs that was resisted by the Englishmen.
‘The new ball out here is probably the best time to bat,’ said Woakes.
‘So if you are slightly off in your lines and your lengths you get punished.
‘It was nice to pull it back and pick up some wickets as well.
‘Everyone contributed with wickets all down the list of bowlers.’
Woakes, who picked up 3-52, said he was happy that his team-mates could conquer the heat that remained one of their major concerns.
‘We have only been out here for a few days. In testing conditions, a day game is always going to be tough when the sun is at its hottest,’ said Woakes.
‘But we came through it, a few guys did get cramps and I suppose it was because we have only been here for a few days.
‘We will be better for the fact that we’ve been out here and played the full fifty overs in the heat.
‘We are really pleased with how it’s gone,’ said the 27-year old, who has the onus to lead the pace attack of his side.
Woakes added that the day-night affair against Tigers on October 7 gives him the confidence that his team will feature better as it will be less hot.
‘The game will be a day-night game so hopefully it won’t be as hot,’ he said.
‘Acclimatisation is something we have to do and hopefully we will have gotten it right come Friday,’ he said.
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