England seamer Chris Woakes was relieved to be out of his Sri Lanka hotel room after spending seven days in isolation but said he was unlikely to play in the first Test that starts in Galle on Thursday.

With all-rounder Ben Stokes not available for this series, Woakes would have had a strong claim given his potential to bat at number seven, but said he is unlikely to be considered for the final line-up given the amount of cricket he has missed on the tour.

“I’m certainly up against it in terms of time, I only had my first bowl yesterday while the other guys have been bowling for a week,” Woakes told reporters on Tuesday.

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“So the chances of me playing are probably slim, especially as I haven’t played much cricket leading into this (series), which makes it an injury risk as well.

“I was hoping to push for a place in the starting XI. With no…

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