Hussain identifies England’s all-format undroppable after Australia demolition

Former England captain Nasser Hussain has described Chris Woakes as "Mr Dependable" after another impressive performance at the T20 World Cup.

Woakes has enjoyed an excellent tournament so far, excelling as part of a bowling attack which has led England to three dominant wins over the West Indies, Bangladesh and Australia.

Having picked up 1-12 in England's first two games, Woakes produced a sensational display in the eight-wicket win over Australia.

Woakes picked up 2-7 from his first three overs, helping reduce Australia to 21-4 in the Power Play.

In his latest column for the Daily Mail, Hussain wrote: "It is easy to under-value the Mr Dependable of the England line-up in Chris Woakes, a trap I fell into when pushed on who should be left out had Mark Wood been fit to face Australia.

"My first thought was that it had to be Woakes — or perhaps Chris Jordan — as much as anything because he was way down the England Twenty20 pecking order when he spent more than five years out of the side.

"Well, after another highly impressive display here against Australia, there is no way he’s going to be left out any time soon.

"Woakes has been immaculate in his discipline on pitches that England feel have been perfect for him, especially the one in Dubai on Saturday that had a bit of grass left on it.

"When there is a bit of seam and swing, Woakes is the ideal bowler and he has been setting the tone perfectly with the new ball.

"He rarely bowls a bad ball and very rarely strays away from bowling it just back of a length at a good pace."

Prior to this summer, Woakes had not played a T20I for England since 2015, but injuries to the likes of Jofra Archer and Sam Curran paved the way for him to return in time for the World Cup.

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Speaking on Tymal Mills and Mark Wood's podcast 'Good Pace for Radio', Woakes said: "Having not playing international T20 cricket since 2015, to start thinking about being selected in a World Cup squad would have been a bit ambitious.

"It was never really fully on my radar. I obviously got the call-up in the summer when there were a few injuries knocking around… but I still didn't really expect to be in this squad, by any means."

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