With first-match nerves out of the best way, Mark Wood is able to play his half in England’s World Cup bounce-back effort beginning with Saturday’s match towards Bangladesh.
Wooden doesn’t count on to essentially maintain his place within the group, regardless of taking two vital wickets throughout England’s 14-run defeat by the hands of Pakistan on Monday. Nor does he assume the hosts and event favourites will try and re-invent the wheel in response to their loss.
Wooden claimed 2 for 53 – together with the wickets of Pakistan’s high scorer, Mohammad Hafeez, for and harmful batsman Asif Ali for simply 14 – in a less-familiar middle-overs position, bowling in tandem with Moeen Ali after Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer had led the tempo assault. Woakes shone with three wickets and a staggering 4 catches, Moeen additionally claimed three wickets whereas Archer conceded 79 runs in his wicket-less 10-over spell. That is to not say Wooden escaped any event debut jitters, fairly the opposite.
“I can not say for the others, however I used to be nervous,” Wooden mentioned. “First World Cup match. I used to be taking part in a barely completely different position. I wished to do properly.
“Liam Plunkett has taken 1,000,000 wickets within the center overs and I used to be pondering the very first thing I’ve to do is get a wicket. And I did not get a wicket till the [43rd], and I used to be pondering, ‘he is nonetheless the primary man!’ Sure, I used to be nervous, however good nerves.
“It was good to have a few additional fielders out for a change. I am used to bowling up high however this was a barely completely different position. I felt Mo and myself did rather well as a partnership. He was preserving it tight as properly which meant I may assault slightly extra … so a pleasant time to return on and present my worth in a unique position.”
England will handle their quick bowlers’ workloads fastidiously, significantly for Wooden and Woakes, who’ve had long-term damage points, which suggests none of them are assured a spot towards Bangladesh.
“We’ll choose whichever group most closely fits the circumstances,” Wooden mentioned. “I am happy personally that it has gone properly. However for the subsequent recreation, Cardiff is a spot with massive sq. boundaries and Liam Plunkett has bowled properly there previously so he would most likely come again in. It is simply who for or which bowler is likely to be ignored.”
Avoiding the cliché of turning a loss right into a constructive, Wooden appeared England had been following Joe Root’s recommendation and not hitting the panic button based mostly on one defeat, which in the end got here all the way down to poor fielding.
“It is by no means good to lose so, sure, there are classes realized however we have been studying classes for 4 years. This is not like a factor like we are saying we have to change the wheel,” Wooden mentioned. “We weren’t adequate in a single space – the sphere – and that might be addressed earlier than the subsequent recreation. However I nonetheless assume we’re in a fairly good place.
“Possibly we are going to put it down as a kind of days once we had been overwhelmed by a greater group and we have to enhance one facet of our recreation … we would have liked 11 Chris Woakeses in each place and we might have been all proper. Now we prepare actually onerous and do loads on our fielding.
“Whether or not it was the event, there have been quite a lot of Pakistan followers, whether or not we bought wound up by their batters, them smacking it, whether or not we simply bought too heated within the second, I do not know. But it surely was in contrast to us, usually we’re a very good fielding facet.”
And Wooden backed his group to return again stronger towards a Bangladesh group buoyed by their opening win towards South Africa.
“We now have an enormous goal on our again as a result of we’re the favourites for the event, the house facet, everybody desires to beat us,” he mentioned. “What we now have finished properly over time is bounce again properly and I believe we’d like that going into the subsequent match no matter what it was – Bangladesh, Australia, New Zealand, whoever. We have to bounce again with a little bit of authority and say that we’re right here to win it and placed on an actual present.”