Woakes could be sidelined for two South Africa Tests

Chris Woakes could miss the first two Tests against South Africa due to the side strain which ruled him out of the Champions Trophy.

The recovery timeframe is four to six weeks, with Woakes admitting it is likely to be the longer end of that scale before he returns to the field. It means he is all but confirmed to miss the opening Test against South Africa, which begins at Lord's on July 6, and probably the second as well, which comes hot on the heels at Trent Bridge on July 13.

"They say it's roughly a four- to six-week injury, and it's more likely to be towards the six when I am back playing competitive cricket. I'm on day five of my recovery now, and the physios say for the first 10 to 14 days there's not a lot we can do other than rest it. You don't rule it out, but I'm probably up against it for the first Test. Sometimes these things heal quicker, sometimes they take longer, so we have to play it by ear, " said the pacer.

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