Broad and Jimmy both started playing test cricket at considerably younger ages that Woakes. Whilst the stats compare the same point in their careers it doesn’t reflect their growth. Woakes is a decent bowler and if he keeps improving, and surprising me, then that would be great. I love the guy to bits and I’m always happy to be wrong, I just don’t think he’ll ever be a spearhead in the mold of Anderson or Broad.
'Course he did. Whilst we’re on the subject of spinners who bat a bit/a lot who quit the game early, can we just acknowledge what a decent bloke Zafar Ansari is: