England Pacer Mark Wood Still Has Test Ambition

England Pacer Mark Wooden Nonetheless Has Take a look at Ambition


England quick bowler Mark Wooden has insisted he nonetheless desires to “chase that dream” of enjoying Take a look at cricket regardless of being missed for a red-ball central contract. The 30-year-old Wooden has performed simply 16 Checks since his debut 5 years in the past, together with his subsequent profession blighted by three ankle operations. That has led the World Cup winner to ponder a profession as a white-ball specialist, the place limitations of 10 or 4 overs per innings would scale back the pressure on his physique significantly. The Durham fast featured in simply one in every of England’s six Checks throughout this 12 months’s dwelling marketing campaign amid competitors from the likes of James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes.

“I nonetheless love enjoying for England,” mentioned Wooden.

“(Not enjoying Checks) is one thing sooner or later I may need to have a look at; my physique, a younger household, time away from dwelling — financially, what can I do to assist them and spend extra time at dwelling?”

“However on the minute, rising up I all the time needed to play for England throughout all codecs, and I am nonetheless making an attempt to chase that dream of enjoying for England and hopefully I can get a couple of video games this 12 months, and show my price in all three (codecs).”

Now Wooden hops to staff up with Archer and tackle the Proteas duo of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, after being chosen for England’s Twenty20 and one-day collection in South Africa later this month.


The opposite three quick bowlers have been starring within the Indian Premier League, with Wooden not concerned on this 12 months’s version.

“Hopefully I can sustain with the battle-hardened gamers who’ve been within the IPL,” mentioned Wooden.

“To have two England lads in me and Jofra in opposition to the 2 South African lads within the upcoming collection is kind of thrilling, to see how we each fight one another.”

England are supposed to play Take a look at cricket once more within the New 12 months, with excursions of Sri Lanka and India pencilled into their schedule.

Wooden, who took 9 for 100 throughout England’s final away Take a look at in opposition to South Africa, may very well be in competition for each journeys.

“Hopefully I can take the possibility when it comes,” he mentioned, talking at an occasion.


“Beforehand I’ve possibly put an excessive amount of strain on myself when getting within the staff on that one off, get 5 wickets and maintain myself within the staff.”

“This time I am a bit older, bit wiser and I am going to follow my processes and never put an excessive amount of strain on myself to get within the staff.”

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