Chris Woakes Commits to the Bears with Three-year Contract Extension
Warwickshire and England all-rounder Chris Woakes has committed to his home county until at least the end of the 2022 season, by signing a three-year extension to his existing contract.
Woakes (30) has won all domestic trophies with the Bears, including the County Championship in 2012, the One-Day Cup in 2010 and 2016 and the T20 Blast with Birmingham Bears in 2014. He also made two appearances in Warwickshire’s successful Specsavers County Championship campaign in 2018, which saw them clinch promotion and the Division Two title at the first attempt.
The Birmingham-born all-rounder started with the Bears at Under 10s age group and progressed through the club’s Player Pathway to make his senior debut in 2006. He later made his England debut in an International T20 (IT20) versus Australia, in 2011, and he has won 26 Test, 84 One-Day International (ODI) and eight IT20 caps to date.
Warwickshire First Men’s Team Coach Jim Troughton said: “Chris is a true Bear and everyone at the club takes great pride in the fact that he has come through our development programme to become one of the leading all-rounders in the world game.
“Whilst we expect Chris to play a major role for England in one of the biggest summers in the game, which includes the ICC Cricket World Cup and the Ashes series, his long-term commitment to the club is a huge boost to Warwickshire and Birmingham Bears as we approach the new season.”
Woakes has recently returned from England’s Test and ODI series with West Indies in the Caribbean and could play a role for Warwickshire in the early stages of the Royal London One-Day, which begins at home to Yorkshire on 19 April.
Chris Woakes said: “Representing my home county is always a great honour and I’m thrilled to secure this contract extension and to continue to wear the Bear and Ragged Staff until at least 2022.
“We’ve enjoyed a huge amount of success during my time at Edgbaston and the club prides itself on being able to compete strongly across all three formats.
“Having won promotion back to Division One of the County Championship at the first attempt and the introduction of several new players in the last couple of years, it’s a very exciting time to be a Bear and I look forward to being part of our challenges for more silverware in the coming years.”
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