Chris Woakes has surely been an underrated all-rounder for England so far. The Warwickshire all-rounder has been phenomenal in all forms of the game for England, but has often missed out from the playing XI owing to the presence of Ben Stokes. Stokes has been quite consistent for England and as a result, he has been preferred over Woakes.
When Stokes was injured during the first test against Sri Lanka at Leeds recently, Woakes was called as his replacement. The latter did really well in the series as he struck frequently with the ball and efficiently assisted the new ball pair of James Anderson and Stuart Broad. With the limited overs leg of the series to commence soon, Woakes is quite upbeat about his skills.
“I’ve always believed I’ve been good enough to play at Test level but I’ve dipped in and out a bit,” said Woakes. “In the series against India in 2014, it felt like I bowled well without getting the rewards. “My better spells have come when I’ve had a little period in the team. So this week, from the Durham Test onwards, it was a bit of a breakthrough really. I always believed I could do it, but you still have your doubts until you do it. It was about letting the people around me know it.”
“When I was a young bowler I used to just swing the ball. I literally just threw it up there, swung it both ways but didn’t try and bowl quick,” he said. “I just used to let my skills do the talking. To a certain extent, that worked. But then when you get on flat pitches you realize that you need a little bit more than that,” Woakes further added.