Former England skipper Nasser Hussain said the pair of — James Anderson and Stuart Broad have been keeping Chris Woakes out of the English side. The all-rounder was a match-winner for England in the last match against Pakistan where he scored 84 not out to chase Pakistan’s 277 on the board in the second innings.
It was quite a dramatic win for England who were struggling at 117/5, only when Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler put a stunning partnership of 139 runs to give England a lead of 1-0 in the 3 match series. England slumped off at 219 in the first innings which gave Pakistan a substantial lead.
He Always Goes Under The Radar: Nasser Hussain on Chris Woakes
The former England skipper thinks that the reason why Chris Woakes is left out is because of the superstars namely James Anderson, with 590 wickets, is the most prolific fast bowler in history and Stuart Broad, who recently crossed the 500-wicket mark against West Indies.
“He always does it, he always goes under the radar and he is always the one who is left out because the superstars in that side – the 500-wicket boys, the nearly 600-wicket boy – but he is always there for England.’ said Nasser Hussain in an interview.
Chris Woakes has played only five out of the 10 Tests that England have played since Ashes 2019. He also missed the last test series against West Indies.
Jos Buttler, he is in that inner-circle, in that think-tank: Nasser Hussain
Jos Buttler partnered Chris Woakes for a 139 run match-winning 6th wicket partnership for England, scoring 75 runs. The duo was widely appreciated. Pakistani captain Azhar Ali hailed them as the best partnership in many years.
“The other lad, Jos Buttler, he is in that inner-circle, in that think-tank. He’s had three difficult days, he’s dropped a couple of chances and with all the pressures of being on the field for virtually every moment, to go out and at the situation they were win and play like he did – that will be a very popular partnership from Buttler and Woakes,” Hussain wrote in his column.
England will play the next two test matches against Pakistan in Southampton. The next one starts on the 13th of August. England will be without their star all-rounder Ben Stokes who will travel to New Zealand for some family reasons.