Twenty20 cricket: Woakes savours England debut success

Chris Woakes admitted he was still struggling to come to terms with his match-winning debut against Australia in yesterday's thrilling one-wicket Twenty20 win in Adelaide.

The 21-year-old stole the headlines on his first night in the England spotlight as he hit a single from the final ball of a tense match to seal a record eighth consecutive Twenty20 win.

England had looked like they might throw away victory following a late-order collapse which left Woakes and last man Ajmal Shahzad needing four from the final three balls.

But, after Shahzad scrambled a single, Woakes kept a cool head to edge the tourists across the line as he finished unbeaten on 19 from 15 balls.

"It hasn't really sunk it just yet. I was just happy to make my England debut," he said.

"It was a huge honour for me just to step on the field wearing an England shirt.

"It was a great achievement for myself and obviously the team winning the game as well.

"It was just a matter of trying to stay calm.

"I knew we batted down to 11. Obviously Aj is a solid number 11 so it was a matter of staying calm and trying to get the winning runs and luckily we managed to do that in the end."

Speaking about his mindset as he faced the final ball from Shane Watson needing a single, he added: "I spoke to Aj and we just wanted to get bat on ball and make sure we run.

"We knew it was at least going to go to a super over so it was a matter of getting bat on ball to try to win the game."

Woakes was also pleased to be a part of England's record Twenty20 run of victories, which began during their successful World Twenty20 campaign last May.

"It's a massive achievement for the lads," he added.

"Obviously the lads who played in the Twenty20 World Cup and that winning side it was a great tournament for that side.

"To get that world record was another achievement for this side that has gone really well this winter out in Australia.

"The atmosphere in the dressing room is really great at the moment so obviously the lads are full of confidence. It's a great side to come into."

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