Woakes is a hugely talented seam bowling all-rounder who won senior England honours aged 21.
His first-class debut came for Warwickshire in 2006 against West Indies A, but he had to wait until the latter part of the 2007 season to get his second chance.
Woakes soon became a star performer for the county and, after a string of impressive performances, was rewarded for his consistently strong displays with a place in the England Performance Programme squad to tour Australia over the winter.
He then received his first senior call-up for the limited-overs series that followed the Ashes, hitting the winning runs on debut and taking 6-45 in his second one-day international.
Having missed out on the 2011 World Cup, Woakes twice represented England that summer when his 56 wickets and 579 runs aided a strong Warwickshire challenge for the LV= County Championship Division One title.
A quad injury prematurely ended his limited-overs tour of India and saw him miss out on the subsequent winter squads announced in late 2011.
Yet Woakes once again played a key role for his county in 2012, a year in which his batting came to the fore in the form of 588 first-class runs at an average of 74.
Further England outings came in the home ODI series against South Africa and Woakes was also part of the squad that toured India at the beginning of 2013.