02 March 1989
Right Hand Bat
Right Arm Fast Medium
Chris Woakes is a professional cricketer from England. He was born on March 2, 1989, in Birmingham, England. Woakes is primarily a right-handed batsman and a right-arm fast-medium bowler. He has represented England in international cricket in all formats of the game.
Woakes made his debut for the England national team in 2011 and has since become an integral part of the team. He has played a significant role as a bowling all-rounder, contributing with both bat and ball. Woakes has been known for his ability to swing the ball and generate good pace.
He has represented England in Test matches, One Day Internationals (ODIs), and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). Woakes has achieved notable success in his career, including playing a crucial role in England's victory in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Chris Woakes Career
Chris Woakes worried that his Test career was over after playing just six Tests by the time he returned from England's tour to South Africa in 2016. Despite bowling decently, he hadn't quite found his breakthrough and had an average of 63.75, which wasn't great. He thought he might be one of those players who came close but didn't quite make it.
However, fate gave him another chance when Ben Stokes got injured. Chris Woakes was brought back into the squad, and he grabbed the opportunity. He even achieved his career-best figures of 9 for 36 in a match against Durham. This impressive performance, along with his batting skills, earned him a spot in the team.
That was the start of a fantastic season for Chris Woakes. He performed exceptionally well with both bat and ball in various matches, including a remarkable tie in an ODI at Trent Bridge, where he scored an unbeaten 95. He also had a memorable Test series against Pakistan, taking 11 wickets at Lord's and following it up with seven wickets in Manchester. His outstanding performance earned him a place in the record books, and he was named one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year. It was a long journey, but Woakes had finally arrived at the top level.
Before this, Woakes had been a respected player at the county level and made his debut for Warwickshire at a young age. He had a good temperament and control over the ball, making him a promising prospect. He had a strong start to his international career, but injuries and competition caused him to lose his central contract in 2015.
However, he worked on his game, especially improving his pace, and made a comeback. He played for England in various formats and was even part of the dramatic World Cup win in 2019. His consistent performance and development with the ball helped him earn the title of PCA Player of the Year in 2020. Woakes' journey in cricket has had its ups and downs, but he has proven himself as a valuable player for England.