England sweating over Mark Wood’s fitness before WI contest
English pacer Mark Wood is in doubt for Friday’s World Cup contest against at Southampton on account of a bruised ankle, captain Eoin Morgan said on Thursday.
Wood’s ankle problem is longstanding and he has suffered several recurrence in this regard.
The 29-year old Durham quick has undergone three major operations on his ankle so far.
“Mark Wood will have a fitness test in the morning. His ankle is swollen. He has not bowled for two days so we will see how he is, if he is sore then we may not take the risk,”
Morgan said as quoted by Reuters.
Mark Wood complaint about feeling discomfort in his left ankle after England’s win over Bangladesh in Cardiff on Saturday when he recorded the fastest delivery of the tournament so far at 95.6 mph (153.9 kmph).
Morgan also said all other teams at the World Cup should also take care of their fast bowlers particularly.
“It’s part of the plan, because they are fast bowlers. It will happen to other bowlers throughout the tournament,” he said.
Mark Wood might be replaced by Moeen Ali who came back in the squad after attending the birth of his second child, a daughter.
The English skipper confirmed about availability of Jos Buttler both for batting and wicket keeping after being sit out during Bangladesh innings with a right hip problem.
However, Morgan is well aware of the Caribbean threat and expecting nothing short of a strong contest.
“They are a strong outfit, we expect the same tomorrow,” he said.