After a disastrous Ashes series, the England team will be looking forward to bouncing back in the limited-overs format, and one player who is eager to make an impact for the English side is fast bowler Mark Wood. Wood has picked up 12 wickets in the last 10 One Day Internationals and is one of England’s quickest bowlers with his average speed touching mid 140’s.
Wood missed the spot in the Ashes squad due to injuries to his ankle and heel and had spent the majority of the English summers with the England Lions. Wood has had a long affair with injuries in the past and has struggled to play without 100% fitness in the past for the national side.
The Durham fast bowler made his return to the England side in the warm-up match against Cricket Australia XI which the tourists won by five wickets.
Wood says that he wants to be the ‘X-factor bowler’ for the England team and prove to his team that he can be the bowler who can make a difference in a match. He said:
“I’d like to prove a point to everyone, to my team-mates and the media, that I can be that X-factor bowler they want. (I want) to prove to everyone that when I’m on I can add something different and I can do it for a long period of time and be consistent. That’s my role in the team, to ramp it up and be aggressive and try to take wickets by bowling fast.”
Talking about his fitness Wood admitted that his body had failed him in the past. He said:
“It’s something I haven’t coped well within the past when I’ve not been quite 100 per cent. I’m desperate to play for England but there are probably a couple of games I played in the past when I shouldn’t have and that has damaged my reputation with coaches and selectors. I’d rather be honest now than play and not do myself justice.”