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??!??!

Posted by crockit on (January 6, 2014, 12:05 GMT)

Woakes is close to being good enough as a batter - scored a nice 150 to finish last season. As for his bowling he is decent line and length from an average height at a low to mid 80s pace. Not the best natural attributes but one can succeed with them if one builds guile/skill at moving the ball as examples like Anderson, Philander and Hoggard illustrate.

Within the next two years I see the likely scenario being that he becomes test quality with the bat and becomes guileful enough with the ball to be at least a respectable 4th seamer. He would become a regular squad member - sub for Stokes or potentially good enough to play alongside

Posted by anton1234 on (January 6, 2014, 11:55 GMT)


I agree awith you about ODI cricket. I prefer T20 to ODIs. ODIs are too long,with matches going for as long as 8 hours. They lack the intensity of test and t20 cricket. By it's very nature, lot of T20 matches end up in close matches which make them good to watch. Bolwer also get back to their mark quicker so there isn't too long to wait between deliveries. Lots of big hitting, athletic fielding. It's good fun.

A large portion of ODI matches are one sided affairs. Either cut them down to 40 overs a side and have each innings done in 2:30hrs with a 20 minute break between innings, or make the 2015 the last ever ODIs and only play test and T20s from there on. 40 overs a side is ideal as it will combine some of the action of T20s and subtlety of the 50 over game, without the long and dull middle period of ODI matches. Also, 40 overs a side will likely result in more close finishes than 50 over games.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (January 6, 2014, 10:53 GMT)

What about M LUMB who is hitting the balls out of the park in BBL

Posted by Tigg on (January 6, 2014, 10:48 GMT)

Glad Woakes has been added to the side but I'd have preffered to see Luke Wright given a go. His batting has matured significantly over the last season or so (not to mention that he's one of the country's biggest hitters) and he's more suited to the batsman who bowls a few role. Woakes is, and always should betreated as, a bowler first and foremost.

Posted by CodandChips on (January 6, 2014, 9:57 GMT)

Suppose much rather Woakes than some of the other players Giles has selected when in charge of the lions, such as Chris Wright, Keith Barker, Varun Chopra.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

Like Onions he hould have been in the test squad ahead of 2 of Bresnan, Tremlett and Finn, who were picked on reputation and how the should suit the Australian pitches in theory rather than any actual recent form.

Posted by CodandChips on (January 6, 2014, 9:06 GMT)

What's his role? Stokes I assume is the preferred all rounder. Will he play as a bowler- despite his recent expensive performances for England, and being described by Flower as a "green-top" bowler. His batting has improved nicely, but at the expense of his bowling, and I can't see that getting him into the side ahead of the likes of James Taylor. Or is this just Ashley Giles using his Warwickshire stamp?

@Zohran Afzal You raise an interesting point, but personally I doubt Borthwick will be the number 1 spinner in tests. England will probably go with Monty.

On the debate on ODIS, I enjoy them. There have been some very exciting ODIs. Love T20 as well. But prefer tests. But ODIs and T20s are certainly not "pointless" or any equivalent.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2014, 8:22 GMT)

Borthwick should be in the squad aswell to gain experience, what was the point of playing 1 test and then going home , he will be englands next no1 spinner

Posted by salazar555 on (January 6, 2014, 7:26 GMT)

@inside Hedge

One day cricket is nothing, it is a feeder ground for tests. The fact that England have been beaten 5-0 will not change English people's attitude. Test cricket is the only cricket that matters.

I'd even put 20/20 ahead of one day cricket not that 20/20 matters much either apart from getting kids into the game

Posted by InsideHedge on (January 6, 2014, 4:12 GMT)

@Robster1: Anyone with cricketing intelligence *should* be interested in the ODIs and T20s, esp the ODIs given the 50 over World Cup will be held in Oz 2015. There's also a T20 WC just around the corner. Of course Eng fans with their elitist attitude will mock the ODIs but that only magnifies the 5-0 thrashing - if Tests are the be all and end all, England's #4 ranking is embarrassing.

Posted by SirBobJones on (January 6, 2014, 2:38 GMT)

Should have been in it from the beginning.

Posted by Robster1 on (January 6, 2014, 0:57 GMT)

Decent player, but a case of shuffling deckchairs on the Titanic. And who's really now interested in all these ODI's/

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