England fast bowler Mark Wood has said clinching a series win in India would give the side “huge confidence” ahead of the T20 World Cup that will be played there later this year. Wood, who was part of England’s 50-over World Cup-winning side in 2019, says he hopes that the team could carry the momentum of any series win with them to the T20 tournament to be played in India in October.
“It would be a brilliant achievement to win in India – against a top side,” Wood said. “It would also give us huge confidence going into the English summer and the [T20] World Cup which will be held here. We’re trying a few different things, a few different roles for certain players, but when you put wins on the board – like we did before the 50-over World Cup – it gives you confidence.”
“It was frustrating I got a niggle, but at least it wasn’t a big injury or anything like that,” Wood added. “If I keep doing the right things behind the scenes and if I have to miss the odd game here or there, I’d rather that and be charging in bowling as quick as I can, keeping my performance level up, than bowling at 50 or 60 per cent and not doing myself or the team justice.”
“We’ve got that many good bowlers that I don’t feel like my place is a given,” Wood said. “I’ve got another chance to prove myself in this series, and ultimately we all want to be part of that group that plays in and hopefully wins the World Cup for England.” Wood continued. “Morgy is a great leader, someone that when I don’t play, he tells me straight why I’m not playing or what he wants me to improve on. When I am playing, he’s very clear on my role, it’s very clear what he’s after from me in the game in terms of plans and things.”