England vs South Africa 2017 – Mark Wood Delighted To Be Playing Tests
One can do nothing but just pity England’s ever talented pacer Mark Wood. Despite making his debut against New Zealand in mid-2015, the Durham lad has just featured in nine career Test matches, the last of which came against South Africa at Lord’s. Frequent injuries have meant that his Test portfolio has been that of a typical start-pause individual and his career full of ups and downs.
Nevertheless, in an interview post-England’s comprehensive victory at Lord’s, the seamer admitted that as of, he was just content to represent England in Test matches. Wood, played a key role in England’s Ashes victory in 2015, as his charged up spells were often quite handy for the then Alastair Cook-led outfit.
“It’s no secret that I thought Test cricket was probably gone at one stage,” Wood said. “One wicket at Lord’s might not sound good but I was pleased with how I bowled and it was a proud moment to come back in the Test arena.” “It’s no secret that I thought Test cricket was probably gone at one stage,” Wood said. “One wicket at Lord’s might not sound good but I was pleased with how I bowled and it was a proud moment to come back in the Test arena,” Wood said, about his desires.
Wood at the moment, faces intense competition, as four really talented Pacers fight for one lone spot. In the form of Chris Woakes and Jake Ball, Wood has his task cut ahead of him, something he openly admits.
“We have bowlers waiting in the wings. Probably if they were fit, I wouldn’t have played. Chris Woakes had a great year and it will be interesting to see what happens when he’s back playing.”
“The challenge becomes to prove to you guys, to my teammates and the coaches that I can play three in a row. I have to keep these guys out of the team and that’s the challenge.”I feel good, which is rare for me. It’s surreal to back games up and not worry but I’m delighted,” he said.
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