With ENgland’s upcoming ODI series against Pakistan, the stakes are high for both the sides. While England will want to continue their dominance in ODI’s ever since Trevor Bayliss took over as the head coach, Pakistan will be playing to prove a point or two to their critics. Since the last 12 months, Pakistan’s ODI outfit has been at an all time low and this inexperienced unit is bound to face some serious music against a rampant England side in their backyard.
Former England skipper and Durham legend Paul Collingwood has said that the emergence of pacer Mark Wood is a danger sign for the visitors. Wood, who comes on the back of an injury, has been in sparkling form on the domestic scene and his pace remains a worrying aspect for all batsmen. Collingwood backed the young pacer as the man for all formats.
“He’s ideal for this form of the game because he knows he’s only got four overs to bowl and he’s going to try to bowl every single one at full tilt,” Collingwood said.”He’s not worried about second or third spells. He’s a genuine wicket-taker and in the current game of T20 cricket, where guys give themselves a base and want to hit out, it certainly gives you another thing to think about when you can get hit on the head at real pace. “That’s why he takes his wickets. He got good quality international batsmen out today (Saturday) with pure pace. He’s a great man to have in a T20 side.”
The former England captain mentioned that with his current form in the equation, Wood could cause a lot of hostilities for the Pakistani batsmen. “Certainly in a white ball (format) he’s ready because, as I said he doesn’t have to come back for second and third spells,” Collingwood added.”He bowled 20-odd overs against Middlesex last week in a four-day game and obviously his body is still getting used to those sort of spells, but he is going to cause a lot of problems with the white ball, that’s for sure,” he said.