Warwickshire: Chris Woakes is bowling quicker - Jim Troughton
Warwickshire's England all-rounder Chris Woakes is looking 'a yard and a half' quicker this season, says Bears captain Jim Troughton.
Woakes suffered his latest rejection by England when left out of the team for the first Test against Sri Lanka.
But he quickly responded, taking eight wickets for the title-chasing Bears in their innings victory over Northants.
More wickets for Woakes
Chris Woakes, who finished with match figures of 8-140 against Northants this week, has now picked up 23 wickets in his five County Championship matches for Warwickshire this summer. The former Walmley opening bowler, who cut his teeth in the Birmingham League, has a career haul of 325 first-class victims at 25.04.
"To have a fresh Chris Woakes is great. He must have put on a yard and a half this year," Troughton told BBC WM.
"He obviously hasn't had the volume of overs as he's done a lot of travelling recently.
"But we also have Rikki Clarke coming back to the pace he was before he broke his finger and had an operation on his ankle.
"And Chris Wright, who is coming back from his big operation last summer, is now moving up the MPH on the radar."
Birmingham-born Woakes, 25, was left out of England's winter Ashes tour party after making his debut in the final Test against Australia last August.
He then received a call-up to join up with the squad as back-up following the injury to Warwickshire team-mate Boyd Rankin, but remained unused and was redirected to his original allotted winter role of captaining England Lions in Sri Lanka.
Woakes' England one-day form
- Chris Woakes has played 13 one-day internationals and four Twenty20 matches, as well as his one Test.
- In only his second ODI, he took 6-45 against Australia in Brisbane - but has taken just eight wickets in 11 matches since.
- In 80 List A matches and 69 T20s in his career, he has made just one half-century.
Rankin remains out injured for Warwickshire's next Championship game against Yorkshire, at Edgbaston starting on Sunday.
He is still suffering from the same shoulder problem that caused him to miss the win over Northants, as well as this week's two T20 Blast matches in successive nights against Northants - which brought a long-awaited recall for Jonathan Trott - and Worcestershire.
But Troughton is still not sure who will replace Woakes on Sunday - or even whether he will be released to play for Warwickshire, if he is again left out by England for the second Test at Headingley, starting on Friday.
"I'm not 100% sure right now," added Troughton. "We'll find out over the next 24 to 48 hours.
"Boydy's not ready with his shoulder so we're going to have to think about who we bring in, but I'm sure by Sunday we'll have fresh bowlers and we'll be going at Yorkshire pretty hard."