The 24-year-old Chris Woakes' ambitions extend as far as becoming a "genuine all-rounder" for England, provided he is allowed to bat at six in the order.

Capped 11 times in ODI cricket and three in Twenty20 International competition, Woakes is yet to play a Test match despite being named in the squad for the three-match series against New Zealand earlier this year.

While fellow seamer Tim Bresnan's return from an elbow injury will likely see Woakes excluded for the home Test series against Black Caps, he remains eager to prove himself - with bat and ball - in the limited-overs arena.

"I think when you score runs down the order it's a bit different to scoring them at six, so say I was to bat six and do as well as I did last year then I think I can state that I'm a genuine all-rounder. I've got the ability, my stats are good - it's just the fact that I think you've got to bat a bit higher," insisted Woakes, who sports an ODI average of 23.00 and six first-class centuries.

"Bowling will always be my primary skill. I still believe I am a first-change or opening bowler and hopefully I can force my way into an England team as a third seamer and not just a fourth seamer. My batting's come on leaps and bounds - it has taken some hard work but I'm pleased with the rewards.

"I have come on as a cricketer over the last months or so, being out with the England team. It's a big season and there is going to be opportunities because guys are going to get rested and rotated, so if that opportunity arises or they play four seamers I'd like to think I'd get the nod."

England and Warwickshire team-mate Ian Bell, meanwhile, is adamant Woakes is nearing a permanent berth in the ODI XI - and a Test debut.

"He is a young player with the potential to be a genuine all-rounder, someone who can score tons and also get you wickets so that's exciting and adds another dimension to the squad. He is a massive talent and I don't think the time is too far away when he gets his opportunity," concluded Bell.