Cricket - Woakes: England can shrug off defeat

England have three days to recover from a shock defeat, and are confident they will in time for the first Test against New Zealand.

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Chris Woakes was not too concerned by England's defeat to a New Zealand XI

Alastair Cook's tourists will travel to Dunedin on Sunday, anxious to get a three-wicket reverse out of their system and determined as ever to accentuate positive aspects and learn from the uncomfortable experience of facing New Zealand XI at the Queenstown Event Centre ground.

"I don't think they're too low," seamer Chris Woakes said of his team-mates. "Obviously, we want to win every game we go into. It's not ideal losing a warm-up game, or a full international, but we feel there are positives to take out of the game."

The lessons from the defeat are obvious - that they will need more consistent runs from their top six to win the three-Test series and that, on current form, it will have to be Woakes rather than an off-colour Graham Onions who is the back-up seamer if required over the next three weeks.

BJ Watling (89no), New Zealand's Test wicketkeeper, got the second string home with eight balls to spare after England had declared overnight giving them 334 to chase.

And Woakes accepts that Andy Flower's troops were not always at their best.

"Probably not quite enough runs in our second innings was where we lost the game," he said. "If we could have put on another 50 runs, that would have been very handy - as we saw at the end there.

"It's not just the top order. All the way down, we need to chip in when possible - and we probably didn't do that enough."

England knew they were giving their hosts a chance by declaring on 256 for nine.

"We knew 330 was probably gettable," added Woakes. "It was a good wicket, not really doing a great deal. When we got five wickets, we felt like we probably were on top but knew the next two were crucial."

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