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Woakes delighted for Anderson

Chris Woakes says England's most successful bowler James Anderson is a constant source of inspiration.

Anderson's 529th international wicket, against New Zealand in Hamilton, took him ahead of the great Ian Botham and out on his own as England's most successful bowler.

It was not enough to get the tourists off to a winning start in a three-match one-day international series which resumes at Napier's McLean Park on Wednesday.

Yet even if Anderson cannot always be a match-winner, he is a constant source of inspiration to those who ply their trade around him - including emerging cricketers such as Woakes.

Warwickshire seamer Woakes was making his ninth ODI appearance on Sunday - and marked it with two wickets, a deft piece of work to run out Kane Williamson and 17 runs from number seven.

It was a performance which gave the 23-year-old minor reason for satisfaction that he had let no one down as he seeks to establish himself as an England regular.

As he does so, he is privileged to be in the same team as Anderson - seven years his senior and happy to pass on the expertise and nous which has come with the experience of 261 international matches on his CV to date.

Anderson is not always the most demonstrative of characters, until riled by batsmen who will not yield to his will, but Woakes is full of praise for the example he sets.

"Jimmy's quite quiet in that sense; he doesn't really boast about things," Woakes said.

"But it's a fantastic achievement to have that many wickets for England.

"He's someone I look up to and who is a role-model for me. I'm really pleased for him."

At the start of a year of unprecedented high profile for England, a home Champions Trophy followed by back-to-back Ashes series, Anderson's defining moments may be yet to come.

Woakes certainly thinks that could be the case.

"To do that over the amount of years he's been playing is a brilliant effort," he said.

"I'm sure he's got many years ahead of him too, to go even further."

Woakes accepts he himself still has much to prove, starting by convincing England he is worth his place in the first-choice XI.

To that end, he is hoping much-improved batting may tip the balance in his favour.

"I'd like to think so," he said. "Obviously, I got the chance to do that yesterday.

"In the games coming up, it'd be nice to score some runs at seven and obviously do my job with the ball."

Especially in the temporary absence of the injured Tim Bresnan, Woakes senses runs in the middle order can only help to press his claims.

"My batting is something I've worked hard on, and the higher I can get up the order and contribute to the team is my aim.

"I hope that can continue, and I've got a chance here at seven to try to do that."

A Test debut is a long shot on this tour, with three fit first-choice seamers still ahead of him.

But asked if he has it on his radar, he said: "Yes, fingers crossed.

"Being in that (Test) squad as well is a real confidence boost for me.

"But the one-day series is here and now, and that's what I'll be looking to do for the next few games."

England have lost their last three ODI series in this country and, after Sunday's three-wicket setback, time is short to end that sequence.

Woakes is unsurprisingly optimistic nonetheless.

"The Twenty20 win was fantastic.

"In a three-match series, it's always nice to win the first one.

"Obviously, that hasn't happened. So we've got two left to turn it around.

"But the guys will be hoping and trying our best to do that."