Mark Wood is running out of ways as he strives to return to fitness and place in the October team of the English T20 World Championship. The 32-year-old, who was the top goalie in England last winter on a pathetic Ashes tour, is part of a long list of injured players including Saqib Mahmood, Olly Stone, Matthew Fisher and Jofr Archer since Thursday. Wood, known for his positive nature, darkened as he shared information about his injured right elbow, which required surgery in March.
“It’s a little slow right now,” he said. “I’m just trying to get over half the pace of startup, because every time I look at that moment, it’s still a little swollen.” But they assured us it’s normal because I had surgery five weeks ago, so of course it’s still a bit raw. “
Wood will skip a three-match series of tests against England against New Zealand next month, although he hopes to play a role in Brendon McCullum’s red ball team at the end of the summer. His plan is to build strength through one-day cricket to secure a place on the flight to Australia for the next global tournament.
“I’d like to be a part of it, but there’s a lot of depth in this team now, so I’m going to have to put in a performance this summer to prove what I have and try to get on that plane,” he said. “IN [last] I didn’t live to see the World Cup, so I have to perform to make sure I’m there in the winter. “
Wood is understandably cautious when he talks about his future. In February, he was fit and strong, comfortably the fastest English bowler, and secured a £ 735,000 contract with the Lucknow Super Giants in the Indian Premier League. His body, so often unreliable in the past, was in good shape. Then he felt a sharp pain while bowling in Antigua against the West Indies.
“To be honest, I’m really disappointed with the injury,” he says. “West India was a huge disappointment when I went there as a respected senior player, I really wanted to give a good overview of myself. And then an IPL would be a big deal for me personally.
“But now I just have to look forward to taking the confidence from the previous episode, when I played quite consistently for a while and I felt my performance was improving and I’m really starting to show what I can do.” So I hope to come back with the same thinking. “
The wood returns to a fresh environment. He fully supports new captain Ben Stokes (his teammate from the Durham Academy), new test coach McCullum (his first test goal) and white ball coach Matthew Mott (a member of the Palm Beach Cricket Club on Australia’s Gold Coast).
He believes that Matthew Potts, an exciting addition to the English team, is ready for the elite level: “He’s a big, strong boy, built a bit like a tank. He has talent when he thinks nothing is happening, he gets a goal. “