Mark Wood, England bowler, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: With some luck and careful workload management, pacer could put hosts in driver's seat

If England use Mark Wood wisely, and he finds a couple of spells where it all clicks, he could well put England in the driving seat in a few of those matches.

Peter Miller, May 12, 2019 17:48:36 IST

Pace is something special. And it is so rare for a player to have it. Mark Wood doesn’t look like a quick bowler but when he gets it right, he has pace any player would be jealous of.

Out of Mark Wood's 58 international appearance, 40 have come in ODIs. Reuters

When he gets it right, Mark Wood has the pace that could make any player jealous. Reuters

In the recent Test series against West Indies in the Caribbean, he set the match in St Lucia alight with a series of spells of out and out quick stuff that delighted all those that were watching. There is no doubt that a fit and firing Wood is an automatic selection for England in all formats.

The issue has been that a fit Wood has been far rarer than one who is carrying a niggle. First it was persistent issues with his ankle which saw multiple operations. Once that was finally sorted it was his heel that started to be the problem. It seemed that he just couldn’t find any sort of luck.

What all of this has meant is that his workload has been very carefully managed. Wood made his England debut four years ago and he has only played in 58 matches across all formats. It is in ODIs where he has played the most games, 40 matches of that total.

His returns have not always lived up to the hype. While he has been occasionally devastating, he has found wickets hard to come by in international cricket. A total of 41 ODI wickets at an average of 45 is not the stuff that makes stats fans excited, but you always feel that Wood has match-winning spell in him, and it is bursting to get out.

England will play a minimum of nine matches at this World Cup, if all goes well, they will play 11. The chances of Wood making it through all of those matches is remote. But if England use him wisely, and he finds a couple of spells where it all clicks, he could well put England in the driving seat in a few of those matches.

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Updated Date: May 12, 2019 17:48:36 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254