Chris Woakes hopes to recreate workhouse performance in Cricket World Cup defense.

Chris Woakes Aims for Continuity in Cricket World Cup Defense

Chris Woakes is determined to carry forward his outstanding summer form into the upcoming Cricket World Cup as England seeks to defend their title.

Summer Success and World Cup Aspirations

Woakes, who was named England’s player of the series in the Ashes series against Australia, is gearing up to lead England’s bowling attack in their quest to become back-to-back world champions in India.

He played a pivotal role in England’s 2019 World Cup victory, taking 16 wickets and featuring in all 11 matches during the tournament. However, whether he can replicate this feat in the upcoming World Cup remains uncertain.

Challenges and High Workload

In the four years since the last World Cup, the 34-year-old has faced several extended periods of injury. England has included six seamers in their provisional squad, anticipating a demanding schedule with nine group matches in eight different cities.

Despite this, Woakes is confident in his physical condition and believes he can maintain his performance levels.

Staying Fit and Aiming for Selection

Woakes expressed his desire to continue delivering strong performances and earn his place in the team based on merit. He highlighted the World Cup’s schedule, which allows more time for recovery between games compared to bilateral series.

While squad rotation is an option, in a World Cup, the aim is to field the best eleven players as often as possible.

Ben Stokes’ Record-Breaking Achievement

During an historic match at the Oval, Ben Stokes achieved a new record for the highest individual ODI score by an English batter. He scored 182 runs from just 124 balls, surpassing Jason Roy’s previous record of 180 set in 2018.

Stokes, who had retired from 50-over cricket last year, returned to the format and quickly found his rhythm, providing a significant boost to the team.

Stokes’ Impact and Confidence Boost

Woakes praised Stokes for his remarkable talent and the positive impact he brings to the team. He noted that returning to the squad after retirement has likely rejuvenated Stokes, allowing him to play freely without the added burden of captaincy.

For the group of players who have been together for a long time, coming back together feels comfortable and reassuring.