‘Grieving’ Chris Woakes: Last month has been most challenging of my life

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England all-rounder Chris Woakes has not played professional cricket for four months.

Woakes last palyed for the Sharjah Warriors during the International League T20 in the United Arab Emirates in February 2024.

He was listed in the Punjab Kings’ squad for this year’s Indian Premier League, but did not play, and hasn’t represented Warwickshire in the 2024 County Championship.

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“The last month has been the most challenging of my life when unfortunately my dad passed away at the beginning of May,” wrote Woakes on social media.

“I’ve spent the last few weeks with the people most important to me, my family. We’re all obviously grieving and trying to get through what is undoubtedly the hardest moments in our lives.

“It’s times like this that perspective is at its greatest. I will be back playing cricket for Warwickshire, who my dad loved dearly when the time is right for me and my family.

“I know playing cricket for Warwickshire and England made my dad incredibly proud. I look forward to doing that again in the near future.”

Woakes has played 48 Tests, 122 ODIs and 33 T20Is since debuting in international cricket in 2011.

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