International cricket teams are regularly on the lookout for all-rounders, but only a selected few find gems that add to their depth in either skill. That is because most players focus their energies on developing in one aspect of the game and those capable of delivering the goods with both bat and ball are rarities.
Such players lend a fantastic balance to the side, allowing the captains to field five bowling options without having to compromise the length of the batting. The modern-day game is blessed to have such all-rounders part of different national teams, performing brilliantly across formats.
Ranking The 5 Best All Rounders In World Cricket Presently
5. Chris Woakes
Woakes has quietly been a very effective cricketer for England. Featuring in the side predominantly as a right-arm paceman, he has also regularly provided crucial runs lower down the order. The 31-year-old has played 38 Tests, 104 ODIs and 8 T20Is in an often overlooked but impactful career.
Woakes has scored over 2,000 runs and taken nearly 300 wickets in international cricket. The Warwickshire cricketer has been integral to England’s victories in recent years. Woakes was among the highest wicket-takers for England at the 2019 World Cup. He took 16 wickets at an average of 27.66 in three lions’ eventually successful quest to lift the coveted world title. In Test wins, Woakes’ overall career bowling average improves to 22.25 and he has also added handy runs with the bat, averaging nearly 30.