India vs England: Mark Wood who is recently added to the test side for the last two test games against India on Friday has said that England pacers are dying to use the pink ball. Both England and India will play their third game at Motera Stadium which will be a Day/Night fixture. This will also embark the opening match of the stadium in an International format.
The four-game test series is levelled at 1-1 and the third game will begin on 24th February.
Test games under the lights always assist the seamers and England will be happy to use their pacers on the track. The last time India played their Day/Night test at Eden Gardens, the seamers picked all 20 wickets in the game against Bangladesh.
“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,” Wood told a conference call.
“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.”
England bowlers have the ability to use the pink ball to its fullest and exploit the conditions. Even if Mark Wood does not get a chance to play the game, the visitors have plenty of options to use.
James Anderson who didn’t play the second game will certainly return in the third test match and he can swing the ball easily. Along with Anderson, Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer can also swing the ball under the lights.
“As soon as the ball moves we know how good our seam bowlers can be,” said Wood.
“We’ve got good depth there, good skills and two of the best ever (Anderson and Broad),” added the 31-year-old Durham quick.
Wood explains why he pulled out from IPL 2021 Auction:
Mark Wood also explained the reason behind his last-minute withdraw from IPL 2021 Auction.
Wood has played just 18 test games in his six years long test career till now. He has sustained an ankle injury which restricted him to play more.
Wood said, he wants to spend time with his family and it was a hard decision for him. He said the money IPL gives can be life-changing for anyone.
Six weeks IPL and two more week on top of that due to quarantine and all of that stuff, I can spend quality time with my family. Wood also want to focus on England’s national fixtures and make himself more consistent and prominent in bowling.