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Chris Woakes relishing Natwest T20 Blast Finals Day

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Chris Woakes is revelling in the wake of Natwest T20 Blast Finals Day, the day on which every county cricketer wants to be involved.

The all-rounder is pumped full of adrenaline especially after his strong involvement in England’s Test mauling of India, and is primed to help the Birmingham Bears achieve their goals at Edgbaston.

Woakes told GiveMeSport: "I’m really excited about Saturday. It's great to be involved in the semi-finals at your home ground and its the first finals day for the club in 11 years so its quite exciting.

"Hopefully we’ll get past the first game and then who knows what could happen."

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Woakes’s team, better known as Warwickshire, are up against Surrey who have a certain Jason Roy up their sleeve. It was his 53 from 23 balls against Worcestershire Rapids that propelled the southern county into this position.

But Edgbaston will play host to the four teams competing in the competition - Surrey, Birmingham Bears, Hampshire Royals and Lancashire Lightning - the team from the Midlands will have a home advantage.

Woakes knows the importance of giving a good account of themselves in front of their home supporters.

"Obviously being at home gives us an advantage,” Woakes said.

“But as I said before anything can happen on Finals Day and we need to start well. We’re quietly confident we can go all the way.”

He added "We’re playing in front of our members on our home turf so it will be important to put on a show for them.

"Its always a fantastic spectacle and hopefully we can be there on the last day as well as just the first.”

International calibre

Finals Day has been perfectly scheduled in-between the One-Day International series that starts on Monday in Bristol and the recent Test series, both against India.

It means that players playing for England can be involved in their counties for the weekend - something that does not happen often enough one might add.

Some of the names who could play are Jos Buttler, Jimmy Anderson and Ian Bell.

"It’s great that all of the England players are available,” said Woakes.

"It would be nice to face Lancashire in the final to be up against Jimmy and Jos but it’s more important that the team get there as a whole.

"Anyone can win it on the day.”

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