Woakes whacks England to world best

Captain Paul Collingwood saluted 21-year-old Chris Woakes whose England debut proved a matchwinning one as they pipped Australia by one wicket off the last ball in the opening Twenty20 clash in Adelaide.

The victory saw England secure a world record eighth successive Twenty20 win as they pursued Australia's 157-4 and were doing so comfortably until four late wickets from Shane Watson.

Four were needed off the last three balls. After Ajmal Shahzad scrambled a leg bye, Woakes hit a two leaving one run from the final ball which he struck to midwicket to sicken the 32,000 crowd.

"It was a fantastic performance by him and, to be honest, I hadn't seen much of his batting but Andy Flower said he was a serious batter," said Collingwood said.

"He responded really well on his debut and to have a youngster come in and lead us home like that was great in what was a great game. it had everything," he said.

He believes the eight match feat is "very special" and believes it is a feat that could go unbroken for some while.

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