Former England skipper Paul Collingood, has warned the touring Pakistan side about new addition Mark Wood ahead of the 5 match ODI series which kicks off on August 24.
The Durham captain feels that his teammate Mark Wood, will prove to be a menace with the white ball. 26 year old Wood who has had a torrid time with injuries as of late, was recalled to the England squad for the first time since October last year.
Wood was one of the key figures behind Durham’s surge to the Final of the Natwest T20 Blast 2016. The spearhead was the Man of the match in the semi-final against Yorkshire, recording 4 wickets for 25 runs. His victims were all England Interntionals namely Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Tim Bresnan and Liam Plunkett.
Collingwood believes that Wood is absolutely ideal for the limited overs formats, be it T20 or ODI cricket.
“He’s ideal for this form of the game because he knows he’s only got four overs to bowl and he’s going to try to bowl every single one at full tilt. He’s not worried about second or third spells. He’s a genuine wicket-taker and in the current game of T20 cricket, where guys give themselves a base and want to hit out, it certainly gives you another thing to think about when you can get hit on the head at real pace.”
England batting sensation Joe Root also complimented Mark Wood’s exceptional bowling on the Natwest T20 finals day.
“He made me look as if I was batting with my hands and feet on backwards”
Wood currently stands with 25 wickets in 8 Tests, and 5 wickets in 7 One Day Internationals. Though, given his current form, those figures could transform drastically. The speedster would feel he has the perfect chance to kick-start his career against an unpredictable Pakistan side.