Mark Wood promises to present Australia with a very different threat Down Under as the English fast bowler prepares for his first Ashes appearance in six years
- Mark Wood is preparing for just his second Ashes series of his career
- His first came six years ago, but he had only made his test debut months earlier
- The English fast bowler insists he is a different proposition this time
Mark Wood is eager to make the most of his opportunity in the upcoming Ashes series and warned Australia that they will face another bowler compared to six years ago.
The England fast was absent in the most recent match in 2019 due to a side strain, while an ankle problem caused him to miss the squad for the previous trip Down Under, although the fast bowler made it in time to join the one-day series at the end of The tour.
Wood’s only Ashes appearances took place in the 2015 home series, where he got 10 wickets, but he only got his test debut months earlier and is another suggestion for batter now.
Mark Woods insists Australia will face a different bowler than Down Under six years ago
Since extending his run, the 31-year-old has averaged 25.5 in nine tests and wants to “keep one up” for those in Baggy Green.
“As an Englishman, playing against Australia is one of the biggest things you can do,” Wood said in the BBC’s Project Ashes documentary.
“I have played a lot of one-day cricket against them and had some success. A lot of success as a team, a lot of success individually, so I would like to test myself against them again at the highest level.
“I was a little naive and young, not in terms of age, but in terms of my test career (for the 2015 series). I was just starting out, it was all fresh, and I did not take it all in, and I would love to try it again.
“I think I’m a different bowler than I was back then, I’ve changed a lot and I have a lot more confidence. I had a lot of inner self at the time, but because I did not put performance together , I think that was what beat my confidence and in the end I tried too hard every time I got back on the team.
“Where as now and ever since I changed my prelude, the St. Lucia Test and the Johannesburg Test, to get the five-ferries in the bag, I feel like I’m an English cricketer, so to meet this’ baggy green ‘Things they keep talking about, we want our’ Baggy Blues’ on, so I would love to put one up for them. “
Wood is still in quarantine along with the rest of the other Ashes members who participated in the Twenty20 World Cup earlier in November.