England thinking to recall Mark Wood against Pakistan
After a rampaging start of their World Cup campaign, England are opting to change their winning side by recalling pacer Mark Wood in the match against Pakistan.
In the opening encounter of the mega event, the hosts boosted up by a fiery Jofra Archer show, defeated South Africa by 104 runs at the Oval.
Observing the dismantling show of Pakistani batsmen against Caribbean pace, the English team management pondering over including Wood to partner with Archer.
“We’re aware of what went on yesterday,” England assistant coach Graham Thorpe said on Saturday.
“It was interesting viewing. The West Indies bowled very well, they looked like they roughed Pakistan up; I think it (drafting Wood) will be discussed, to be honest,”
the former England batsman added.
The batting friendly Trent Bridge wicket has been a lucky ground for the home team with England set the world record for the highest ODI score twice in the venue.
They constructed 444 for three against Pakistan in 2016 and against scored 481 for six in 2018.
“It has generally always been a good pitch so we are looking forward to it,” said Thorpe.
“We didn’t quite unlock the door in terms of our batting at the Oval, being able to let go because we kept losing wickets at crucial times so we had to keep trying to put on those mini-partnerships again and that was really good.
“It’s the same thing coming here against Pakistan: if we get into a good position, we’ll try to score as many as we can. But at the same time if it doesn’t happen, you’ve got to put a competitive score on the board to put the opposition under pressure,” he said.