Chris Woakes

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Chris Woakes
Personal information
Full name Christopher Roger Woakes
Born (1989-03-02) 2 March 1989 (age 26)
Birmingham, West Midlands, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Role All-rounder
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 657) 21 August 2013 v Australia
Last Test 15 August 2014 v India
ODI debut (cap 217) 23 January 2011 v Australia
Last ODI 9 March 2015 v Bangladesh
ODI shirt no. 19
Domestic team information
Years Team
2006–present Warwickshire (squad no. 19)
2012 Wellington
2013 Sydney Thunder
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 4 34 102 103
Runs scored 75 400 4,015 912
Batting average 37.50 19.04 37.87 18.24
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 8/16 0/0
Top score 26* 42* 152* 49*
Balls bowled 570 1,620 17,274 4,216
Wickets 6 47 346 114
Bowling average 52.16 34.25 25.52 34.78
5 wickets in innings 0 2 15 2
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 3 n/a
Best bowling 3/30 6/45 7/20 6/45
Catches/stumpings 2/– 16/– 45/– 28/–
recorded April 2015

Source: CricketArchive, 13 March 2015

Christopher Roger "Chris" Woakes (born 2 March 1989) is an English cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm fast-medium pace bowler who found success at Warwickshire to the extent that he topped Warwickshire's 2008 county bowling averages, and was selected for the England Lions squad as well as the preliminary 2009 ICC World Twenty20 championship.[1] He made his Test debut against Australia in the fifth Ashes Test in 2013.

Early life[edit]

Woakes was born in March 1989 in Birmingham, and attended Barr Beacon Language College from 2000-2007. He began playing cricket when he was seven years old. He started out with Aston Manor Cricket Club, and then moved to Walmley Cricket Club to play a higher level of 1st Team cricket. He then played three games in the 2006 Minor Counties Trophy for Herefordshire, and for Warwickshire's under-15, under-17, Academy and Second XI teams between 2004 and 2007.[2]


Woakes represented Warwickshire in one match during the 2006 season, during a West Indian tour of England. Woakes picked up three wickets in the match. He has since represented Warwickshire in the Second XI Championship.[3]

He was a regular for the Warwickshire First XI in 2008. He took 42 wickets at an average of 20.57 over the course of the County Championship season, topping Warwickshire's bowling averages.[4]

On 6 April 2009, Woakes was given a call up to the England Cricket squad for the World Twenty20 in June. Allan Donald tipped Woakes as a future England international cricketer.[5] Woakes was then chosen to play for the England Lions in a warm-up match against the West Indies.[6] In the first innings, he achieved bowling figures of 6-43 (including the wickets of Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul) as the West Indies were bowled out for 203.[7] During the same season he scored 131 not out against Hampshire, his maiden first-class century, batting at number nine and sharing a 222-run partnership with Jonathan Trott.[8] In an England Lions game against Australia cricket team Woakes was able to pick up the wickets of Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey.

Woakes claimed his 200th first-class wicket in Warwickshire's victory over Sussex in the County Championship in July 2011.[9]


2011-2012 Australia, Sri Lanka and South Africa[edit]

Woakes made his International Twenty20 debut on 12 January 2011 against Australia in Adelaide. Opening the bowling, he took figures of 1/34, taking the wicket of Australian captain Cameron White with his final delivery. He later scored the winning runs, as England won off the last ball with just one wicket left and one run required. In the second match he made 11 not out and took 1-29 with the ball. He featured in the third ODI, taking 1-31 as England lost by 4 wickets. In just his second ODI Woakes took figures of 6-45, although England went on to lose the game by 45 runs. He kept his place for the next game, but was less impressive, finishing with 0-73. He was selected for the T20 against Sri Lanka, although he managed only 7 runs and finished wicketless.

Woakes returned to the England set up in 2012 for the 2nd ODI against South Africa, although the match was rained off. He returned for the fifth ODI, scoring an unbeaten 33 as England lost by 7 wickets.

2012-2013 India, New Zealand and Australia[edit]

Woakes was un impressive in the two games he played against India in the ODI series. In the two matches he played he failed to score a run (although he did not bat in one match) and took figures of 2-105 over the two games.

Despite his poor showings, Woakes was given an extended run in the side against New Zealand. He made 17 and took 2-52 in the first match, and took 3-68 in the second as England won by 8 wickets. In he third game he took figures of 1-54. This proved to be his final wicket of the series, although he made 36 in he fourth match in a 5 wicket defeat. He scored 13 in the final match as England again lost, this time by 86 runs.

Woakes played his first Test match against Australia in the final Test of the 2013 Ashes series. He took figures of 1-96 in the first innings, before making 17 with the bat. He made an unbeaten 25 in the final innings of the match as England closed down on their target, although bad light meant that he match eventually ended in a draw.

2014 Sri Lanka and India[edit]

After being named in squads against Sri Lanka and India, Woakes played his first Test of the 2014 summer against India. He was wicket less in the first game, although he did make an unbeaten seven with the bat as England won the game to level the series. In the following match Woakes made 25 not out in the first innings, but struggled with the ball, taking match figures of 1-80. In the final match of the series Woakes took figures of 3-30 as England won the Test to win the series 3-1. Woakes was an integral part of England's ODI side, playing all four matches. He took figures of 4-52 in the second ODI, after the first had been abandoned. In the second match of higher series he took 1-43 and made 15 runs. He did not take a wicket in the fourth game of the series as England went 3-0 down. He made nine in the final match as England won their first game of he series. He bowled the final over in the T20 International against India, closing out the game and finishing with figures of 1-43.

Woakes was selected in the ODI squad that toured Sei Lanka towards the end of 2015. England toured without injured senior bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson, meaning Woakes was trusted with the new ball. In the first match he took 2-68 and followed this up with 0-23 in the next match as England went 2-0 down in the series. He took 3-41 in the third match of the series as England won their first match of the tour. After England lost the fourth game, Woakes took figures of 6-47 in the fifth match of the series. Woakes was less effective with the ball in the final two matches of the series, although he did make scores of 41 and 34 with the bat. Despite this, England lost the series 5-2. Woakes was considered as one of the stand out performers of the tour.

2015 Tri Series[edit]

Woakes was the pick of England's bowlers in the opening game of the Tri series against Australia, taking figures of 4-40, although England lost the game. In the next match against India he did not take a wicket but England won the game comfortably. He took two wickets in the next game against Australia, but England lost the match meaning they would have to beat India to qualify for the final. They did so, with Woakes taking 2-47 and hitting the winning runs to set up and England versus Australia final. Woakes had a poor game in the final, finishing with figures of 0-89 and being dismissed for a duck.

2015 World Cup[edit]

Woakes was expensive in England's first game against Australia, finishing with figures of 1-65, although he did make 37 with the bat as England lost their first game. He took figures of 2-8 in the next match against New Zealand, but England performed poorly and were beaten by eight wickets. He picked up another two wickets against Scotland in the next match as England won their first match of the tournament. In the next match against Sri Lanka, Woakes failed to pick up a wicket as England lost by nine wickets. This left England having to beat Bangladesh to have any chance of qualifying. Woakes took figures of 0-64 as Bangladesh posted 275. He was left stranded on 42 as England were bowled out and lost the match to be eliminated from the tournament.Woakes suffered a left third metatarsal stress reaction injury, ruling out of England's final game against Afghanistan.


  1. ^ "Player Profile: Chris Woakes". CricInfo. ESPN. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "Teams played for by Chris Woakes". Cricket Archive. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "West Indies A tour of England Warwickshire v West Indies A". CricInfo. ESPN. 4 August 2006. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "Bowling in LV County Championship 2008 (Ordered by Average)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 1 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "Donald tips Woakes as future star". CricInfo. ESPN. 14 April 2009. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  6. ^ "England Lions hammer West Indies". CricInfo. ESPN. 2 May 2009. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  7. ^ "Woakes takes out West Indian top order". CricInfo. ESPN. 30 April 2009. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  8. ^ "Hampshire v Warwickshire, 2009". 2009-07-24. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  9. ^ "Woakes happy with his 200th wicket". BBC Sport. 23 July 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 

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