Ice cold under pressure

Woakesy is quite simply one of the best all-rounders in the world. Long thought of around Edgbaston as a world-class player in the making, in the last year he has towered on the international stage in all formats. The former Aston Manor and Walmley player is now firmly one of England's 'go-to' men.

An England regular in red and white-ball cricket, how much Birmingham will see of Chris in the next few years remains to be seen. But one thing is for sure - whenever made available to the Bears, he will be there. Like Ian Bell, Woakesy wears the Bears shirt with every bit as much pride and passion as he represents England. One of his proudest achievements remains that famous night at Edgbaston in 2014 when he delivered a brilliant last over to close out the Bears NatWestT20Blast Final win against Lancashire Lightning.

Chris Woakes Fact File

Role: Seam-bowling all-rounder

Birmingham Bears squad number: 19

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Sports team beyond cricket: Aston Villa

Holiday destination: New York

Cricket hero: Jacques Kallis

Quote: "Be the best you can"