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Woakes off for a spell in Wellington.

CHRIS Woakes has signed a contract to be Wellington Firebirds' overseas player in New Zealand's domestic competitions from November to January.

Linking up with Bears team-mate Jeetan Patel, Woakes is scheduled to play three four-day matches for Wellington.

He will make his debut in the Plunket Shield against the Auckland Aces on November 26 and feature in eight HRV Cup t20 matches and the play-offs if the Firebirds qualify.

"This is a great opportunity for me and I'm looking forward to joining up with Jeets and the rest of the Firebirds squad," Woakes said.

"With James Franklin and Jesse Ryder also in the team I'm sure it's one which can challenge for honours.

"With England starting a full tour of New Zealand in February, it's also a really good chance for me to make a big impression. Hopefully the selectors will follow my progress and see what I can do in those conditions."
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
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Date:Oct 5, 2012
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