Former England captain Alec Stewart asserts that Chris Woakes’ outstanding bowling gets overshadowed because of the presence of Stuart Board and James Anderson in the team. He has labelled him as the ‘unsung hero’ of the England team.
England allrounder Chris Woakes was included in the second and third Test of the recently-held series which his side went on to win — 2-1. Although he could not do much with the bat, the right-arm pacer was prolific with his ball. He concluded as the second-highest wicket-taker, picking 11 wickets, which also include a five-wicket haul.
Chirs Woakes quietly do his business: Alec Stewart
Stewart heaped praise on Woakes’ fast bowling, stating himself as the fan of the allrounder. As per him, Woakes’ work gets less attention because of the presence of premier bowlers Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood.
“He’s almost the unsung hero of the England set-up because we talk about Broad and Anderson then the pace of Archer and Wood, where as Woakes just goes quietly about his business,” Stewart was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“I’m a massive fan of Woakes, especially in England. His record in England is outstanding. It’s a real feather in his cap that he got the nod when Chris Silverwood said ‘we are picking our very best bowling attack for this Test match we have to win,” he added.
Sam Curran will have to wait:
Sam Curran, who is the competitor of Chris Woakes for the position in the England team, was included in the first Test match where he picked three wickets and scored 17 runs. However, he was dropped from the remaining two matches. Stewart believes that it is tough for the youngster to cement his place because Woakes’ is currently at his best.
“Sam Curran played one Test match and got three wickets, he wants to chase down Chris Woakes’ slot but, at the moment, while Woakes is in this form it is going to be very tough for young Sam Curran to get in.
“But I’m a massive fan of Chris Woakes and I’m pleased he finished with a five-for because a lot of the time his performances go under the radar compared to these perceived bigger players,” he added.
Chris Woakes has so far played 35 Tests, where he has picked up 106 wickets and scored 1178 runs.