Chris Woakes becomes first No. 8 England batter to score ODI World Cup fifty

In a remarkable display of lower-order batting, England all-rounder Chris Woakes etched his name in ODI World Cup history by becoming the first No. 8 batter for England to score a half-century during their match against the Netherlands at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Wednesday.

Woakes’ Achievement a Testament to His Versatility

Chris Woakes’ innings not only propelled England to a commanding total of 498/4, the highest-ever ODI score against the Netherlands, but also stood as a testament to his versatility and adaptability as a cricketer. Batting at No. 8, a position typically reserved for specialist bowlers or tailenders, Woakes showcased his ability to contribute with the bat, forming a crucial partnership of 129 runs with Ben Stokes, who scored his maiden World Cup century.

Woakes’ innings was a masterclass in controlled aggression, carefully rotating the strike while also picking up boundaries at regular intervals. He reached his half-century off 42 balls, surpassing the previous highest score of 42 not out by Paul Nixon against New Zealand in 2007. His fifty was a significant contribution to England’s innings, helping them post a massive total that proved insurmountable for the Netherlands.

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Ben Stokes, ICC World Cup 2023

Chris Woakes-Ben Stokes Partnership Highlights England’s Batting Depth

The partnership between Woakes and Stokes was the second-highest for the seventh wicket in World Cup history, only behind the 130-run stand between Netherlands’ Sybrand Engelbrecht and Logan van Beek against Sri Lanka earlier in the tournament. Their partnership showcased the depth and batting prowess of the England lineup, highlighting their ability to post big scores even when their top-order batsmen fail to fire.

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Chris Woakes’ Fifty a Reminder of Lower-Order Batting Importance

Chris Woakes’ achievement was not just a personal milestone but also a significant moment for England cricket. It demonstrated the team’s depth and the ability of their lower-order batsmen to contribute meaningfully. His innings was a timely reminder that every player in the lineup has a role to play, and that even those batting at lower positions can make a significant impact on the outcome of the game.

Chris Woakes Informs Umpire Of Faulty Helmet To Avoid Getting Timed Out, Picture Goes Viral

Chris Woakes, an English all-rounder, quickly told the umpire that his helmet was broken when he went out to bat. He didn’t want to lose his wicket like Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews did in the Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka match a few days ago. During that match, Mathews was timed out because he wanted to change his helmet after his two minutes to be ready to face the ball had elapsed. Woakes told the umpire about his helmet before the third ball of the 36th over.

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