Ahead of the Day-Nightl Test against India, England’s Mark Wood has said that pacers of his team are dying to get hold of the swinging pink ball.
England pacers James Anderson (L) and Mark Wood (Reuters Image)
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Ahead of the 3d Test between India and England, England pacer Mark Wood has said that he along with his teammates James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes are “dying” to bowl with the pink ball in Ahmedabad from February 24.
Wood, who was included in England squad for the last 2 Tests, said that England pacers were impressed with the SG pink ball during their net sessions. Giving a soft warning signal to the India, Wood added that England bowlers can be lethal as soon as the ball starts moving.
“We’ve been bowling with them in the nets they have swung quite a bit and they’ve lasted longer which was interesting to see,” he said.
“With the ball, as soon as it moves, every one of the bowlers from the past couple of months is dying to get it in their hand. I’m not the only one who’s trying to get hold of it.
“As soon as the ball moves we know how good our seam bowlers can be. We’ve got good depth there, good skills and two of the best ever (James Anderson and Stuart Broad). Hopefully if the ball does move and it is seamer friendly we can be very confident going into the game,” he said.
It remains to be seen if Mark Wood gets a chance to take the field in the upcoming Day-Night Test or not but that hasn’t stopped the 31-year-old from keeping his plans ready. He aims to bowl fast and expects the movement of ball to make his delivery look quicker.
“The wickets in the nets have been a bit green and had good pace and carry too. I don’t know if that’s anything to go by or whether it’s a bit of a trick.
“Being a fast bowler, trying to take wickets is my job and the captain has used me as a bit of a battering ram.
“It should be the same here because I’ll charge in just the same, but the movement should make it even deadlier. Any sort of movement you can get, at that pace, makes it feel quicker for batsmen and that will be the trick for us,” Mark Wood added.