Mark Wooden steps as much as make World Cup case

Mark Wood steps up to make World Cup case

So now it is Mark Wood’s flip to try to impress.

He is watched from the sidelines as all the opposite seamers contending for that World Cup squad have, to higher or lesser extents, taken their probability. He is seen Jofra Archer cement his place at The Oval, David Willey ship three nerveless demise overs in Southampton, Tom Curran declare 5 wickets (and rating an unbeaten 47) in his two ODI probabilities, Liam Plunkett declare eight in 4 and Chris Woakes bounce again from a tough winter to see out the sport in Southampton and declare 4 wickets in Bristol.

He is aware of no person else has dominated themselves out. He is aware of he is underneath just a little little bit of stress to rule himself in.

He may have been given a better place to stake his declare, too. Trent Bridge has develop into arguably the best scoring floor on the earth in ODI cricket. With a belting wicket, a quick outfield and never particularly lengthy boundaries, the 2 highest totals in ODI historical past – 481 for six and 444 for three – have each been made right here by England for the reason that final World Cup with Pakistan the unlucky victims in 2016. Partly for that cause, scorecards printed on the market on the floor through the World Cup will go as much as 500. Bowlers should regard the place a lot the way in which chickens view the abattoir.

“Who’d be a bowler?” Wooden says with a wry smile.

Anybody who noticed Wooden bowl within the Caribbean could marvel why his place within the squad is in any doubt in any respect. He bowled with such well-controlled hostility on that tour that his World Cup and Ashes place regarded safe.

However, alas, the ankle issues that plagued his profession got here again to hang-out him. This time the issue – the potential downside – was caught early (“I had a scan that confirmed just a little deep bone bruising,” he says, “which might flip right into a fracture”) and he was rested earlier than incurring any critical injury. However he goes into this ODI having not bowled a ball in anger for greater than two months. He would not know the way quick he’ll bowl. No one does.

For that cause, Wooden has a bit to show in Nottingham. If he can recapture the tempo he demonstrated within the Caribbean, he’s a certainty for the World Cup squad. But when he can solely generate one thing within the mid-80s – the tempo that noticed him dropped through the Sri Lanka tour – he slips again into the pack awaiting Tuesday’s announcement with some nerves. It is price remembering, too, that had Olly Stone not sustained a stress fracture, Wooden wouldn’t have been right here in any respect. He was solely known as into the squad within the Caribbean as a alternative.

“I will should push my case within the subsequent two video games,” Wooden says. “I have been doing double spells in coaching. Usually I might bowl 5 or 6 overs within the nets, however I have been bowling 12 on coaching days attempting to get my workload up. However each time I’ve tried to get a match in it is rained.”

In the very best case situation, he affords England an impressively potent assault. For the opening pair anticipated for use on Friday – Wooden and Archer – might be the quickest England have ever had. Each have been timed at someplace round 95 mph.

Actually Wooden has been impressed by Archer and accepts that “it appears like one [of the other seamers] will miss out.

“I absolutely anticipate Jofra to be in that World Cup squad,” Wooden mentioned. “He’s proper up there with the very best on the earth for tempo, so it will likely be attention-grabbing to bowl alongside him. I could not imagine how far again Jos Buttler stood to him at The Oval. Will probably be attention-grabbing to see how far again the keeper stands for me; they’re going to most likely suppose I am bowling 70 mph.

“There’s competitors for locations. On no account do I believe I am over the road or in that crew. I will be judged by how rapidly I bowl and whether or not I can get wickets.

“I’ve to place each ounce of effort in to bowl quick and Jofra appears to do it so simply. Which is a bit irritating. He has pure, uncooked tempo whereas I really feel I’ve to bust a intestine to get it up there. It is simply so pure and that is thrilling for English cricket. He swings it into the right-hander and away from the left, too, which is nice in ODI cricket.

“However it will likely be good to have two tempo lads in on the similar time to see if we will actually ruffle a number of feathers.”

England look set to play their full-strength batting line-up within the remaining sport at Leeds, however the debate over the ultimate bowling line-up continues. The selectors have resisted the temptation to name up Liam Dawson – it’s understood there was no dialog about it for the reason that Bristol match – however he stays – nearly – in rivalry for the World Cup squad.

It additionally stays attainable that the stability of that 15-man squad may very well be altered. Whereas the crew administration keep that together with seven seamers (together with Ben Stokes) can be pointless, additionally they settle for that the reserve seam energy appears stronger than the reserve spin energy.

The failure to bowl their 50 overs throughout the allotted three.5 hours in Bristol – Eoin Morgan misses Friday’s sport by the next suspension – supplied a reminder of the necessity for an additional spinner, although, with David Willey maybe essentially the most susceptible of the seamers after a few costly new ball spells. Wooden will probably be hoping to make the selectors’ job much more demanding over the following few days.