Among the world's best

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 two years 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 - he was man-of-the-series in England's ODI series in New Zealand in March.

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. 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.