Chris Woakes ready to step up and fill the gap for England in the Ashes | Ali Martin

After an injury-hit summer, the bowler is fully fit and has backed himself to move up the batting order to help replace Ben Stokes against Australia

Chris Woakes has set himself a target of scoring plenty of runs in the upcoming Ashes as, not for the first time in his career, he looks to plug the gap left by the absence of Ben Stokes and prove his own value as a genuine all-rounder in Test cricket.

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