Chris Woakes puts slow start behind him for England’s World Cup bid

The seamer has added pace to make himself a key man for England as they prepare for the 2015 World Cup

Chris Woakes has worked harder than most to make it in international cricket so it is pleasing that little more than three weeks before the start of the World Cup, he is establishing himself as England’s most reliable one-day bowler.

It has been a tough road for the 25-year-old, who was written off as too slow for the international game following his Test debut against Australia at The Oval in 2013. That match is best remembered for Simon Kerrigan’s difficult debut, when the Lancashire spinner was brutally punished by Shane Watson and colleagues.

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