England in Australia 2013-14

Woakes added to one-day squad

George Dobell

January 6, 2014

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Chris Woakes unleashes an extravagant lofted shot, England v New Zealand, 2nd ODI, Ageas Bowl, June 2, 2013
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Chris Woakes has been added to the England limited-overs squad for the series against Australia.

Woakes, the 24-year-old Warwickshire all-rounder, has recently returned from a stint representing Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash, but was left out of the original limited-overs squads and named as captain of the Lions squad to tour Sri Lanka from the end of January.

He played the last of his 13 ODIs in June, with England appearing to conclude that he was a better red ball than white ball cricketer. While he claimed 6 for 45 in just his second ODI in Brisbane on the 2010-11 tour of Australia, his economy rate of 5.66 has not been good enough to keep him in the side and in his last two games, both against New Zealand, he conceded 94 from 13 overs.

A strong fielder and batsman - his first-class batting average is only a fraction below 40 - he has a calm character long admired by the England management and has won another opportunity to prove his value at international level. Woakes made his Test debut against Australia, at The Oval, in August

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Posted by   on (January 7, 2014, 4:59 GMT)

Moeen Ali averages under 37 with the bat in division two, not good enough. Certainly no good for Test cricket. Another one day whacker.

Posted by dunger.bob on (January 6, 2014, 23:17 GMT)

@ Michael Counsell : Anyone who averages 55 with the bat and 23 with the ball has got to be a decent player. I don't know much about him but they ARE impressive numbers.

I still like 50 over cricket. I don't find it boring at all unless it's a total miss-match and one side is getting completely flogged. I guess it all depends on whether you like to take the time to smell the roses. Some people can't, or won't, so that's their prerogative. .. The thing I like about it is that there's time enough to recover if something goes wrong early.

Anyway, we've got 5 of these games so good luck England. I've got a feeling you're going to need some. BTW, Johnson looks like playing the ODI's so some of your young blokes should get a whiff of what the test boy's were facing.

Posted by crockit on (January 6, 2014, 22:39 GMT)

Saw Moeen in a one day game last summer - he scored a rapid chanceless 50 (then run out), hits ball crisply and looks to have good footwork. I'd say get him in ODI squad and that he is also potential test player. Bowling wise he looked OK but is improving

Posted by Cyril_Knight on (January 6, 2014, 22:12 GMT)

Woakes is an unspectacular player. However his first-class stats are remarkable. I just feel he lacks that X-factor needed to be a regular England player. Stokes we've seen (and have done in County Cricket) has plenty of 'wow' about his game. Statistically it is no contest, but no-one can say Woakes is better than Stokes as a package. Stokes hits hard, plays tough and bowls quickly, Woakes does none of these (yet).

Posted by   on (January 6, 2014, 18:00 GMT)

@Tigg Last year in county cricket Woakes averaged 58.18 with the bat at 5 or 6 and 22.94 with the ball opening or first change. Looks like both his batting and bowling are doing nicely. Very few specialist batsmen or bowlers came close to either of those stats especially none young enough to be seriously considered for the England Test team. His one day record is still mediocre and Luke Wright is the better option for one dayers.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

Finn and Ishant sharma have lot of similarities between them

Posted by CodandChips on (January 6, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

@stumpedlloyd personally I'd like him in the test side at 3, because although I have not seen much of him, I reckon he could consistently score runs and not at too slow a pace. Plus I hear his spin has developed nicely, which would benefit whichever spinner we pick at the start of the summer by releasing pressure on them and reducing their workload. But in ODIs I'd rather James Taylor.

Posted by Cubitt on (January 6, 2014, 16:17 GMT)

@crockit A team with both Woakes and Stokes would be interesting. You'd think that one or both would have to cement themselves as either a top 6 batsman and/or third seamer quality. If this could happen England would have a very different look to the old 4 bowler line-up.

Posted by stumpedlloyd on (January 6, 2014, 15:40 GMT)

I keep reading wonderful things about Moeen Ali. I don't follow English county cricket closely. I am sure there are those who do and would like to know how they feel about this chap's chances of making it as an ODI and Test player. He certainly seems to be a good all-rounder, according to his figures.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2014, 12:59 GMT)

Why no David Willey??!??!

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