England pace bowler Mark Wood is a doubt for their game against West Indies. The hosts are set to play against West Indies on Friday in an important clash.
Mark Wood is one of the best fast bowlers in this world cup so far. He also recorded the fastest ball delivered at this world cup (153.9 kmph). On the other hand, he complimented Jofra Archer very well at the top.
The bowling partnership between the duo, is one of the reasons for England’s success in this world cup. However, the 29-year old could yet again miss another important game due to his ankle problems.
Mark Wood already went through three major operations on his ankle. He was sidelined for a considerable amount of time from cricket, due to his ankle injuries. Even prior to the world cup, Wood was rested against Australia in the warm up game because of his ankle issues.
But England captain Eoin Morgan has revealed that Mark Wood’s injury is not too serious. This is a huge boost for English fans as Wood is one of their main strike bowlers in the side. But the pacer will have a fitness test on Friday. In case if he fails, the team will not take any risk and field him against West Indies, Morgan confirmed.
“It’s nothing too serious, he just pulled up a little bit sore from the game in Cardiff — he’s the only concern at the moment,” Morgan said on Thursday.
“Mark is going to have a fitness test in the morning. If it is still sore, we probably won’t take a risk.”
Mark Wood and Jofra Archer have undid batsmen with their raw pace during their opening spells.
The English skipper also revealed that all teams in the world cup should manage the work load of their pacers. He reckons that a little bit of rest at the right moment will help the quicks to recover well in time.
“It’s part of the plan, because they are fast bowlers. It will happen to other bowlers throughout the tournament,” he said.
“We’re well aware of that. We will have to manage them as we would normally, as we do with Chris Woakes if there’s back-to-back games,” Morgan added.
“It’s not a problem, it’s just what happens.”
England will play against West Indies in an important game at The Rose Bowl, Southampton. Both the teams are keen to win this fixture and made one more step towards top four. However, the hosts are hoping to repeat their performance against Bangladesh.
On the other hand, the last game for West Indies was cancelled due to rain. However, the team looked in good shape and are playing wonderful cricket in this world cup so far. All in all, the match will be an exciting one for the cricket fans on Friday.