Woakes says not right to compare him with Stokes Dwaipayan Datta Woakes has been around for a while, but Stokes and Sam Curran had made things difficult for the 24-year-old when he was away from the game with a hamstring injury.
- Woakes scored a fluent 137 not out in the second Test against India at Lord’s
- He has been around for a while, but Stokes and Curran had made things difficult for him
- English selectors will have to think long and hard how they can bring Stokes into the playing XI
Chris Woakes. (Reuters Photo)LONDON: Not too long ago, Chris Woakes was fighting a long battle to regain fitness and work his way back into England reckoning.
Things have turned around pretty fast and post Lord’s, the English selectors will have to think long and hard how they can bring Ben Stokes into the playing XI, who is fighting a legal battle at Bristol court.
Woakes has been around for a while, but Stokes and Sam Curran had made things difficult for the 24-year-old when he was away from the game with a hamstring injury. “It has been a frustrating summer so far, missing quite a bit of cricket. But it’s all so sweet today… I was over the moon to get the call to be back in the squad. I could never really have dreamt of scoring a hundred in my comeback Test,” Woakes said after scoring a fluent 137 not out that all but shut India out of the game.
The hundred came on the back of a spell of 2-19 in the first innings that included the scalp of Virat Kohli. “He’s obviously a kingpin in India’s line-up. Once he gets in, he’s very difficult to get out – so I was delighted,” Woakes said.
The all-rounder knows how difficult it is to fill the shoes of Stokes, who is one of the best in the business. But Woakes made it clear that he doesn’t like to “play like Stokes”. “Coming in place of Stokes, these are big shoes to fill. But you try not to think about that – I don’t try to play like him, I play like myself, try to do my job for the team, and thankfully I’ve done that so far,” Woakes said.
The mild-mannered cricketer was obviously happy to realize “a childhood dream” of completing a century at Lord’s. Ahead of the Test in his home ground at Edgbaston, he was “tempted” to declare himself fit, but the Warwickshire player held himself back.