Mark Wood unsure of spot in Best XI: The English pacer acknowledges his place in the pecking order for home Tests.
England quick bowler Mark Wood has revealed his intention of bowling faster than fellow pacer Jofra Archer. “I cannot speak for Jofra [Archer] but I definitely want to be quicker than him and I’m sure he wants to be quicker than me,” Wood stated just lately.
With 20 and 18 wickets to their title, Archer and Wood have been respectively England’s highest wicket-takers in the course of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Wood, 30, additional disclosed one of Archer’s joke from the World Cup with respect to his bowling.
“Especially in the World Cup, he used to joke about it all the time, that they were putting my speeds up higher deliberately. If we were to play together it would be exciting. But it’s not a bad rivalry, it’s a friendly rivalry,” Wood added.
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Wood, who finally acknowledged that he must work exhausting to surpass Archer in the tempo division, additionally believed that such rivalries make one a greater cricketer.
“I would say he’s probably quicker than I am and certainly makes it look a lot easier than me so I want to prove that I can be as fast as Jof. That friendly rivalry does spur you on to be a better cricketer,” Wood additional stated.
Mark Wood unsure of spot in Best XI
Wood, who final performed Test cricket in the course of the tour of South Africa earlier this 12 months, picked 12 wickets in two matches together with a Man of the Match award in the fourth Test in Johannesburg.
Set to face competitors from the likes of James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Archer, Wood didn’t draw back from admitting that he won’t play the primary Test towards West Indies from July 8.
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“I don’t see myself being in the very best XI in home situations. Maybe away situations swimsuit me a bit of extra. If you set your greatest XI down, I’m undecided my title could be in there.
“I’d like to be, and I’ll push as exhausting as I can to maintain my spot however I’m pondering in home situations I’m perhaps not the primary title on the workforce sheet. But we’ll wait and see what occurs,” Wood talked about.
In 9 home Tests, Wood has picked 22 wickets at a median of 44, an financial system charge of 3.51 and a strike charge of 75. On the opposite, his six Tests outdoors of England have seen him dismiss 26 batsmen at a median of 20.76, an financial system charge of 2.92 and a strike charge of 42.6.