Wood says England have eyes on ‘double’
In his five-year career, Mark Wood has played only five T20I matches. But is it the true reflection of the merit he actually possesses? Perhaps not. He has a wonderful embryonic record with 11 wickets from only 105 balls bowled in the 20-over format.
The Durham fast bowler has been in good form recently as well. He picked 12 wickets in the recently concluded Test series against South Africa. And so, though he was rested for the ODI series, he is likely to feature in the first T20I against the Proteas in East London on February 12.
Ahead of the match, he spoke to the journalists on his views about the shortest format of the game, before adding that he will still look to perform his own role of bowling accordingly.
“It is still a batter’s game. Look, I bowl at good pace and look to get wickets and that is my role in the team. So that is what I would probably be interested if I get selected, to make a difference and get a key wicket when needed. It is the role that Moggie (Eoin Morgan) has asked me to play and I hope I can continue to do well,” said Wood.
According to Wood, to take wickets will always be the one factor remain on his mind, “If I’m going to play one more game I’m going to try to take a wicket every ball, I’m not going to go: ‘I’m just going to defend a boundary here.’ I’ll give it a good crack.”
The prospect of playing against a veteran pacer such as Dale Steyn is also exciting the 30-year-old. When asked about Steyn, he said:
“Definitely the coolest of the bunch (fast bowlers). I mean, (there are) spinners and batters but the fast bowlers are the coolest lads. It is great to have Dale Steyn. I have played against him before. So, it would be awesome to see how he goes about things on the the park. Look, fast bowling around the world, there are plenty of good fast bowlers out there.”
Wood, who has become a father for the first time recently, said he is now targeting the T20 World Cup in Australia in October this year. And that’s not all. He said the English are looking to achieve something big as well from the international T20 extravaganza.
In his column on BBC, Wood wrote: “Now I’m back in South Africa, looking to earn my place in the squad for the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia in the autumn. Whereas once our focus was on the 50-over World Cup, now we want to become the first men’s team to hold both trophies at the same time.”