Woakes extends his Warwickshire contract until 2014

Warwickshire’s England one-day international bowler Chris Woakes has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Edgbaston until the end of the 2014 season.

Woakes’s existing contract runs out next September but Warwickshire have moved quickly to head off possible interest from other counties.

“Warwickshire is my home county and I’m thrilled to be able to extend my stay here at Edgbaston,” Woakes said.

“As a team we made great strides last season and we’re all working incredibly hard in training. With the best facilities, coaching team and supporters we’re in great position to make a strong challenge for trophies in 2012.”

Woakes, 22, is a product of the Aston Manor and Walmley clubs and graduated from Warwickshire’s academy on to the professional staff at Edgbaston.

He played some Minor Counties cricket for Herefordshire before making his first-class debut against West Indies A in 2006.

Having played regularly for England Lions, Woakes made his senior England debut in the Twenty20 international and one-day series in Australia last winter and played a match-winning innings on his debut in Adelaide.

“Since graduating from the club’s academy, Chris has gone on to lead the attack here at Edgbaston and establish himself as one of the country’s leading fast bowlers,” said Warwickshire director of cricket Ashley Giles.

“Despite his success over the past few seasons, as a 22-year-old we certainly expect his best days to be ahead of him and everyone at Warwickshire is obviously very pleased that those years will be spent here at Edgbaston.”

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