The Ashes: Mark Wood wants Stuart Broad vs David Warner-style battle with Marnus Labuschagne | Cricket News

“I’m glad I managed to get it a couple of times now. I’d love to have something between Broad and Warner”; Mark Wood removed Australian Marnus Labuschagne for the second time in two innings as England reacted late on the first day of the fourth Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground

Last updated: 05/01/22 10:14


Mark Wood captured Marnus Labuschagne at the end of the first day at the SCG

Mark Wood wants to replicate Stuart Broad’s battles against David Warner with Marnus Labuschagne after knocking back the # 1 hitter for the second time. 1 in the world in 11 balls in two test matches.

The England fast pitcher saw Labuschagne caught at the end of the first day of the fourth Ashes Test in Sydney after removing the cheap Australia No 3 in Melbourne, while Broad removed Warner for the 13th time in testing at the start of the day.

Wood also represented Steve Smith during the series opener at The Gabba with his ability to consistently beat at 90mph, worrying Australia’s top hitters throughout the series.

“You want to try and test yourself against the best players,” he said.

“I was slightly frustrated too because I’m playing well and I don’t have the amount of wickets I want. But if you get great wickets like those guys, it sure makes you very happy.

“Luckily I got Marnus to play that ball – it wasn’t an easy ball out – and he managed to touch it, which doesn’t happen often. I’m glad I got to catch it a couple of times now. I’d love to have one. thing between Broad and Warner “.

Labuschagne is the No.  1 in the world

Labuschagne is the No. 1 in the world

Sky Sports expert and former England captain Michael Atherton has been full of praise for Wood and believes the paceman is a real point of difference for the onslaught of tourists.

“I’m so impressed with Mark Wood,” he said. “He only has six wickets in the series, but there have been three big ones. He has had Labuschagne twice and Smith once and England seem like a better bout for his pace.

“If you have a bowler who you think can shake up your opponents a little, that’s a big plus.”

Meanwhile, Wood praised Broad’s ability to break the Warner “tough nut” as England’s bowlers fought hard at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Only 46.5 overs were possible amid multiple rain delays at Sydney Cricket Ground, but by keeping the hosts at 126-3, England were able to reflect on perhaps their best day on a tour for most miserable.

This is against a fairly low bar but, after losing the draw and being asked to pitch first on a pitch that only offered gentle assistance, this was a much needed show of resilience.

James Anderson fired Marcus Harris at the end of the day and Wood put the icing on the cake when he followed Labuschagne’s scalp, but it was Broad who made things work.

Stuart Broad has now sacked David Warner on 13 occasions in Test cricket

Stuart Broad has now sacked David Warner on 13 occasions in Test cricket

He knocked out Warner, defending himself from the second slip to revive and continue one of the more enduring secondary storylines between these two sides.

“Either Warner lets it slip or Stuart pulls it out,” was Wood’s concise summary.

“Dave is a quality player, one that I found a tough nut to crack on this tour. He looked like we played him well, but he managed to keep him out and score every time we lost our seat. That’s what players need. they do it.

“So he was a tough nut to crack and I’m really glad Stuart got that wicket – we needed it to keep us going. This got the ball rolling and I feel like we really came forward.”

Warner admitted before the game that England’s decision to omit Broad from two of the first three games came as a surprise to him.

Broad was short of his best when he played in Adelaide, but he was also desperately close to fending off the southpaw lbw with the first ball he threw at him.

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With the Ashes safe and a score of 94 and 95 in his pocket so far, Warner was in playful mode as he reflected on the long battle.

“I really enjoy giving you guys a good story, which is great and builds the game,” he said.

“Broady and I love it when we’re out there. It’s a lot of fun, a good fun joke. (Wednesday) I tried to drive the ball too straight, that was my disappointment, but it’s great to see Broady out there again.

“He’s a world-class bowler. He and Jimmy Anderson playing bowling with us are great. Obviously, they would have been disappointed with some of these test games, not playing together, but this is for their selection panel. It’s great to meet the best in the world from England. “

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