Fraser warns of England dangerman

December 29, 2014 12:18:20 UK

Angus Fraser has warned England’s opponents they will under-estimate Chis Woakes at their peril after the Warwickshire man forced his way into the final 15 for the World Cup.

Warwickshire’s Woakes featured domestically in a team that finished in the top two of all three competitions last summer and was one of the stand-out performers in the 5-2 drubbing in Sri Lanka recently.

During that tour he became the first Englishman to complete two six-wicket hauls in one-day internationals.

And as he showed with a belligerent maiden England half-century four years ago he has the power-hitting game to succeed with the bat in Australian conditions.

“Since coming back to Middlesex from the media I have watched him a few times,” said Fraser, who combines his director of cricket role at Lord’s with a position on England’s four-man selection panel.

“There has been a question mark about him in the media – that he just hasn’t quite got enough pace, that he doesn’t do this or that.

“But he’s a damned good cricketer and recently we have seen him at his best.”

Woakes edged Durham’s Ben Stokes out of the squad for the competition that starts on 14th February when hosts Australia take on England at the MCG.

By then England hope to have a new-look batting order firing – they face Australia and India in a tri-series in January.

With former captain Alastair Cook dropped it is expected that Alex Hales and Moeen Ali will form a new opening partnership, although the experienced Ian Bell will be hoping to force his way in alongside the recalled Gary Ballance.

England are currently priced 11.00 in the World Cup 2015 outright winner betting.

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