India vs England 2016: 5 consistent all-rounders in Test cricket over the past 12 months
The men who have successfully played a dual role for their respective teams on a regular basis.
A good all-rounder is considered to be one of the greatest strengths that a cricket team can possess, regardless of the format being played. Over the years, a number of great all-rounders have left their mark in the Test arena.
The likes of Ian Botham, Gary Sobers, Imran Khan, Kapil Dev and Jacques Kallis among many others have vowed the cricketing world with their ability to deliver with both bat and ball. The current generation, too, has its own set of players who are adept in both primary departments of the game.
Some of them have been highly consistent in terms of their performance in the last one year or so. Here are 5 all-rounders with the best statistics over the past 12 months:
#5 Chris Woakes
England pacer Chris Woakes may have been included in the team mainly as a bowler but he has shown some amount of talent with the bat as well. The Warwickshire cricketer has been among the top all-rounders in the past one year or so and has the statistics to back him up.
Since November 2015, Woakes has played 10 Tests so far and picked up 39 wickets at an average of just under 22. In terms of his batting, he has scored 446 runs at an average of over 34 with 2 half-centuries and a top score of 66 against Sri Lanka at Lord’s.
If he can continue in the same vein, Chris Woakes can certainly become one of the finest all-rounders in world cricket.