Chris in control for England

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CHRIS Woakes was confident England were always a step ahead of their warm-up opponents yesterday - even before he took two in two, and then Steven Finn ended the match with a hat-trick.

England’s 219 all out owed most to Ravi Bopara (73) and Woakes (46no), yet at 99 for three in reply it seemed the Hyderabad Assoc XI had a chance. It was at that point that Woakes took his two wickets without response, before Finn (four for 28) nipped in to ensure England got their tour of India off to a winning start; by 56 runs.

“They were building a bit of a partnership at that time, so it was nice to get two wickets in two balls and settle nerves,” he said.