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    Woakes, Duckett and Roland-Jones named in Wisden list

    Chris Woakes, Ben Duckett and Toby Roland-Jones have been named in Wisden's prestigious cricketers of the year list.

    Three English players have been included in the famed Wisden Almanack's cricketers of the year list.

    Chris Woakes, Ben Duckett and Toby Roland-Jones sit alongside Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq as well as team-mate and fellow forty-something Younis Khan in the prestigious roll call.

    Warwickshire's Woakes took 41 Test wickets during a breakthrough year for England, the highlight being the 11 he took against Pakistan in Lord's in July 2016. He also contributed 493 runs, cementing his status as an all-rounder.

    The paceman recorded a career best 9-36 for Warwickshire during their Specsavers County Championship clash with Durham in May 2016. He also became a key part of England's one-day squad.

    Wisden wrote of Woakes: “This was the year Chris Woakes announced himself as an international-class all-rounder. He took 26 wickets at 16 apiece in four Tests against Pakistan - only Abdul Qadir has managed more in a series between the sides - and contributed regular runs down the order.

    "His unbeaten 95 in the one-day international against Sri Lanka at Trent Bridge was a world record for a batsman at No. 8 or below.”

    Duckett broke into the England Test and one-day sides after a remarkable year for Northants, in which he scored 1,338 Championship runs - more than anyone else in Division Two - and 2,706 across all formats.

    He hit half centuries in two of his first three ODI innings for England against Bangladesh and combines power, technique and innovation in the shorter format.

    The 22-year-old was a vital component of the Northants side that won the NatWest T20 Blast title for the second time in four years, hitting a vital 84 in the semi-final against Nottinghamshire.

    "As much as anyone, he epitomised English cricket's new breed of 360-degree batsmanship," Wisden wrote of Duckett.

    Toby Roland-Jones took 54 wickets for Middlesex, the final three of them a memorable hat-trick against fellow contenders Yorkshire that secured their first County Championship title in 23 years.

    "It was the highlight of the domestic summer," according to Wisden editor Lawrence Booth.

    The 29-year-old was drafted into England's Test squad in July last year and spent the winter in England Lions action. 

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