Chris Woakes improvises to run out Alex Carey in 2nd ODI

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The ever-growing influence of T20 cricket has seen many innovations to the way the game is played, particularly when it comes to fielding.

Throughout their time in Australia this winter, it has not been uncommon to see the England team incorporate a quick game of football into their pre-match warm-up - designed to aid their efforts in the field.

Despite this, even some of his teammates would have been surprised by the skills of lifelong Aston Villa fan Chris Woakes this morning, as he demonstrated sublime footwork to dismiss Australian batsman Alex Carey in the second One-Day International in Brisbane.  

Australia seemed set for a total in excess of 300 when they were 209-3 in the 40th over, with both Aaron Finch and Mitchell Marsh looking well set at the crease. 

However, when Marsh was stumped by Jos Buttler off the bowling of Adil Rashid for 36, the Australian innings began to falter.

Finch lasted only five more balls, his impressive innings of 106 ending as he smashed a Liam Plunkett slower ball straight into the hands of Jason Roy. 

Marcus Stonis (4) edged a Rashid delivery to Buttler behind the stumps shortly afterwards, bringing the pair of Cameron White and debutant Carey to the middle with Australia 216-6.

A 34-year-old White had not represented Australia for nearly three years prior to today's match, forcing himself back into the reckoning with a string of excellent performances for Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash T20 League. 


The veteran struggled to find his touch early though and was becoming increasingly aggressive in his search for runs when he attempted a risky single following a miscued shot to a Woakes delivery, which had only travelled a short distance from his stumps.

Woakes reacted instantly, displaying both poise and precision to side-foot the ball into the stumps. Indeed, the finish would not have looked out of place at the Englishman's beloved Villa Park.

Carey, who had looked in significantly better form than White, was well short of his crease and was run out for 27 from 24 deliveries. Australia eventually limped to 270-9 from their 50 overs.

Woakes has a busy schedule with England in both Australia and New Zealand until the spring.

Together, with likely Indian Premier League commitments in April and England's summer schedule, it seems highly doubtful that he will be in a rush to trade his bat for life in the English Championship.

His performance here may just leave a few Villa fans wondering about what may have been though! 

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