England Lions’ captain Chris Woakes has expressed his desire to come back into the main test side by using the opportunity that he has given by the selectors for the Lions.

The Warwickshire player has been involved in a few ODIs and just a single test match against Australia back in 2013 in the 5th test of the Investec Ashes Series.

With the exception of one occasion when he took a six-for against Australia in 2010-11 in an ODI, Woakes has failed to make an impact at international level.

He will now be hoping that he does well against Sri Lanka A as a player and a captain while leading his side to victory in the four-match series to highlight his test credentials.

He told ecb.co.uk: “The lads are in good shape. It’s a really exciting series and the lads have got a great opportunity to do some good things out here.

“They have got some players that have played international cricket. They are a good team with plenty of youth and experience.

“We are really looking forward to it and hopefully we can put in some good performances.”

It never is easy for any team outside the sub-continent to play in Asian conditions. Woakes is well aware of the challenge he and his team faces, but is confident that the preparations have been done to make the Lions' tour successful.

“We have put in some hard yards," he continued.

"It is tough out here in the heat but we have trained really hard and had two warm-up games.

“We are hoping we can match them in the skill department but we feel like we have prepared well.

“It is going to be tough; they have obviously got a great team and playing them in their own back yard is going to be hard work.”

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