Chris Woakes Biography
A hard-hitting middle order batsman armed with medium-pacers that has yielded wickets galore in the county circuit, Chris Woakes is one of the few genuine all-rounders in England. A Warwickshire product, it was through bowling that he first earned his name. With a bagful of wickets in consecutive seasons, English selectors kept a keen eye on the Birmingham lad.
With sparkling performances in the shorter formats of the game, he received his first England call-up against Australia in the ODIs and T20Is in early 2011. With England constantly on the lookout for a long-term replacement for Andrew Flintoff, he was persisted by the selectors despite less than average displays. He did show his wicket-taking ability with a spell of six for 45 in only his second ODI.
Australia played opponents to his Test debut too in August 2013. With the Ashes already in the bag, England tried out new players for the fifth Test match at the Oval. His impact was felt and was pencilled as a genuine prospect for the future. Ben Stokes’s rise though has seen him become second choice.