Chris Woakes - professional English cricketer
Chris Woakes is a professional cricketer from Great Britain, who plays as an all-rounder for the national team, the English county club Warwickshire and in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Delhi Capitals. He was part of the legendary victory of the England national team at the Cricket World Cup 2019. He made his international debut in 2013 as part of a series with Australia at the 2013 Ashes Series.
One of ten players in Test history whose name appears on both the main honours boards at Lord’s for a century and five wickets in a home Test. Ashley Giles (an honorary former player of the Warwickshire club) once said that if the club needed to clone one of the players, then it would undoubtedly become Woakes.
Chris Woakes: youth
Chris was born in March 1989 in Birmingham. He started playing cricket at the age of 8 for the local club Aston Manor. In the period 2000-2007, he studied at Barr Beacon Language College. In 2006, he played three matches in the Minor Counties Trophy with the Herefordshire club, after which he became a Warwickshire player, for which he played in the U15, U17, academy and second team.
According to the background information, Woakes remains an avid fan of local football and the Aston Villa club in particular. This is evidenced by the fact that at the age of 14, Chris was a trainee footballer at Walsall F. C., where he played as a winger.
Chris Woakes: career
Since 2006, Woakes has represented Warwickshire. In his debut season, the cricketer took three wickets in the English tour of the West Indies, after which he was offered long-term cooperation.
This decision proved to be the right one for the club because, in his first full season of the First XI, the all-rounder took 42 wickets, with an average of 20.57 runs, thereby exceeding the Warwickshire averages. In July 2011, he scored his 200th first-class wicket against Sussex in the County Championship.
In 2017, the Kolkata Knight Riders club acquired the Englishman at an auction, after which he became one of the best assets of the team, taking 17 wickets in 13 matches with the best figures of 3/6. A year later, Woakes was acquired by Royal Challengers Bangalore, where he played in five matches and took eight wickets during the 2018 season in the IPL. However, on the eve of the 2019 auction, the Englishman turned out to be a free agent and was not bought out by anyone. The IPL 2020 season started for Woakes at Delhi Capitals, but the injury affected the early end of the season. Delhi decided not to terminate his contract next year.
Chris Woakes: international career
The Englishman made his international debut on January 12, 2011, in the England-Australia meeting, after which Chris was involved in every match of the following year in England’s ODI tours of South Africa, India and New Zealand.
The first Test of the cricketer took place in the series against Australia as part of the Ashes 2013, which affected the consolidation of Chris in the squad against Sri Lanka and India. In the summer of 2014, he took part in his third Test against India, after which he became an integral part of the team.
High results allowed him to get a well-deserved invitation to the national team for the Cricket World Cup 2015; however, an injury did not allow him to finish the last match. Although England already flew out of the tournament after that, without overcoming the group stage.
The next appearance on the field of the recovered Woakes occurred in the 2016 season in ODI matches against Australia, Pakistan and Africa. In the first match against Sri Lanka on June 21, 2016, the athlete scored a personal maximum, making 95 runs. This allowed him to enter the history of ODI matches as one of the most productive players, along with his countryman Sam Curran.
The cricketer made his first century in the Test in the series against India, which put his name on the honor board at Lord’s, whereas two years earlier, he already had record field figures (11/102) against Pakistan. So today, Woakes is on both boards.
In April 2019, he was included in the England squad for the Cricket World Cup 2019, where he won by taking three wickets in the semi-final match against Australia. In the final against New Zealand, he again took three wickets, which was the key for the national team to the first victory in the “foggy Albion” history.
In 2020, he successfully proved himself in a series of closed qualifying matches, which allowed the Englishman to be selected among the 30 national team representatives for the Test series against the West Indies. In the second Test match, the Englishman took his 100th wicket.
Chris Woakes: private life
Chris Woakes is quite a popular personality at home. He keeps in touch with fans via social networks (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter). A player never misses a chance to write words of gratitude and support to his team.
He is married to Amie Lousie and has a daughter. He admires family values, which can also be gleaned from his personal blog. The main source of income for an athlete is a professional activity, including playing for the national team (Test, T20I, ODI). The athlete’s net annual income is estimated at $ 1 million.