London - England all-rounder Chris Woakes has been ruled out of the final
two matches of the one-day international series against Australia due to a
Woakes, who plays county cricket for Warwickshire, has featured in the first
three games of the series but has yet to take a wicket.
His absence was announced on the eve of the fourth ODI at Headingly, with
England Cricket posting on Twitter: "Chris Woakes has been ruled out of
the final two Royal London ODIs against Australia with a right thigh injury.
"He is expected to be available for selection for the Test series
The 26-year-old has been plagued by injury this season, having missed the
start of the county season with a broken metatarsal sustained at the end of
England's disappointing World Cup campaign.
His comeback was then disrupted by a knee complaint that required keyhole
surgery, effectively preventing him from pushing for a place in the Ashes.
Left-arm seamers Reece Topley and David Willey are in contention to replace
Woakes, with the latter a more like for like replacement given his superior
England's 93-run victory at Old Trafford on Tuesday saw the hosts trim
Australia's lead in the series to 2-1.