The Ashes: Mark Wood eager to lead England fightback if recalled for Boxing Day Test | Cricket News

England is expected to restore Wood for one of the biggest chances on the cricket calendar, with around 70,000 cheering fans expected to attend the Boxing Day Test; Wood was rested from the defeat in Adelaide but is eager to return for the third test at MCG

Last updated: 22/12/21 18:44


Mark Wood was rested for the second Ashes Test

Mark Wood made England’s decision to leave him out to Adelaide on the chin but is thrilled with the opportunity to lead an Ashes reaction into the Boxing Day Test.

Wood’s ability to consistently rush Aussie hitters to speeds in excess of 90mph was one of the bright spots in the opening defeat of the series at The Gabba and was badly missed after being rested for the next game.

Captain Joe Root and head coach Chris Silverwood must have regretted leaving Wood on the sidelines as a five-man bout of more steady-paced seamers struggled to disturb the hosts on the way to a 275-point defeat.

It is a certainty of the races that will correct their mistake in Melbourne, returning the 31-year-old for one of the biggest occasions in the cricket calendar, with around 70,000 cheering fans expected.

Michael Atherton of Sky Sports explains the problem with hiring new players for the third Ashes Test against Australia

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Michael Atherton of Sky Sports explains the problem with hiring new players for the third Ashes Test against Australia

Michael Atherton of Sky Sports explains the problem with hiring new players for the third Ashes Test against Australia

Reflecting on his forced breathing, Wood respected the line, but made it clear that he felt ready for action having worked hard to banish his previous fitness problems.

“I accepted the decision, you know,” he said. “This is for the captain and the manager and I respect them both very much.

“They made good calls for me, bad calls for me, but they explained to me why it was happening, what they were thinking and their ideas.

“I’ve been able to play consecutive tests for the past couple of years – it’s something I’ve worked hard on with my fitness and stuff. There have been times when I’ve collapsed, but I’ve done my best to do less and less.

Rob Key says he will leave Rory Burns and Ollie Pope for the third Ashes Test, following England's defeat in Adelaide which left them 2-0 in the series

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Rob Key says he will leave Rory Burns and Ollie Pope for the third Ashes Test, following England’s defeat in Adelaide which left them 2-0 in the series

Rob Key says he will leave Rory Burns and Ollie Pope for the third Ashes Test, following England’s defeat in Adelaide which left them 2-0 in the series

“I was ready to go if necessary for the match, but the decision was made that I would be left out. We are all part of a team here that is trying to win the Ashes, so if that was the best decision for the team, that was fine. .

“The guys who weren’t playing supported the guys in Brisbane very well, so it was my job to support the guys as best I could.”

His work at the MCG will be considerably different. This time around, instead of offering drinks and pep talk, Durham will be asked to bend their backs, worry about a higher order scoring too loosely and somehow inspire an English team that desperately needs to rephrase the tour narrative. .

It is an invitation that England will not have to do twice.

“It’s a great chance. If I get consent in Melbourne, it’s something you can say is special in your life,” he said.

Wood is expected to return for the third test at the MCG

Wood is expected to return for the third test at the MCG

“I can tell my son one day that I got up in front of so many people on a big sporting occasion with everything at stake, and if so then I’ll give everything I have, 100%, loading in, trying to get us to get the right result to bring us back to the ashes.

“I am a proud Englishman and I want to represent England as much as possible”.

Wood also offered some more details on the dressing room dressing that took place in the aftermath of the last test. Root and Silverwood both hinted at difficult conversations and Wood had his own way of describing the scene.

“Of course we look at the game – things we could do better, things we did well – but this was more of a kick in the butt,” he said.

“Chris Silverwood talked, he put some cutscenes at the end of the game. We don’t usually watch the cutscenes there and then. Stokesy and Rooty talked to the group about things we felt weren’t going well and what we were going to do better. It was. a conversation that is not normal for us.

“It could go two ways, but people who have those brutally honest conversations and accept that within the group is something that I feel the team is open to and respect, the fact that we can talk to each other in that way.I think I probably needed it.

“We’re coming under a little fire per minute for batting and bowling because we’ve been beaten soundly.”

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