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I'm devastated to miss out on England's shot at success: Woakes


By Rory Dollard

Chris Woakes has spoken of his frustration after he was ruled out of the rest of the Champions Trophy with a side strain.

Woakes sustained the injury during his two-over spell in England's opening eight-wicket win over Bangladesh at The Oval on Thursday.

The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed that the key seamer would play no further part in the tournament.

"More than anything, it's really frustrating," said Woakes. "It's a tough one to take, right at the start of a tournament which we have been building up to as a team for a while.

"We've had our eyes on the Champions Trophy for a while now as a team and we were coming into the tournament in good form.

"The toughest thing as a bowler is having to come off after only bowling a couple of overs.

"Leaving the guys out there with almost 10 men is difficult to take, so I'm really pleased the boys managed to get over the line with a win."

Meanwhile, Kane Williamson scored a century for New Zealand in their abandoned Champions Trophy game against Australia at Edgbaston.

The Kiwi captain top-scored as his side looked to be heading for a win before play was halted in the second innings.

Australia were 53-3 after nine overs, chasing a revised target of 235 from 33 overs, when rain intervened.

The two teams pick up a point each as England top the group after Thursday's win over Bangladesh.

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