With a strong desire to represent his country in Test matches once again, Woakes is determined to seize the opportunity and play a crucial role in upcoming Ashes.
A Period of Long Absence For Woakes
Woakes’ last appearance for England in Test cricket was during their tour of the West Indies in March 2022. He has not played a Test match at home since the clash with India at the Kia Oval in September 2021. Unfortunately, a knee injury prevented his participation in the previous summer’s matches.
While Woakes watched from the sidelines, England achieved a remarkable run of success, winning six out of seven Tests under the captaincy of Ben Stokes and the coaching of Brendon McCullum.
This winning streak has continued, with England recording 10 victories from 12 matches, including a 3-0 sweep against Pakistan and a 1-1 draw in New Zealand over the winter.
All Eyes On Ashes
Although Woakes will not feature in the one-off Test against Ireland at Lord’s this week, he remains hopeful of playing a part in the highly anticipated Ashes series, which commences at his home ground of Edgbaston on June 16. Expressing his hunger for Test cricket, Woakes is excited about the prospect of representing England once again and making a meaningful contribution.
He recognizes that doubts can arise about one’s Test career, especially when faced with competition from talented young players and the challenges of injury. However, Woakes embraces the opportunity to wear the England colors and is determined to give his all on the field.
Comeback Time For Woakes
Woakes acknowledges that wearing the England shirt is a privilege that comes with the responsibility. With a significant summer ahead, including the Ashes series, he is motivated to play a role in England’s success.
Woakes understands the competitive nature of professional sports, where there is always someone ready to step up and seize the opportunity. Ollie Robinson, Matt Potts, and some other bowlers have found their way in the team based solely on their potential.
Despite the uncertainties he faced during his absence, Woakes’ desire to make a comeback and make a mark for his country remains unwavering. Woakes is 34 year old and it can be said that a year or two of cricket is left in him and he is definitely one of the best exponent of swing bowling in red ball cricket.