England duo impart Wood wisdom

24 May 2020 01:02:01 GMTPlus10

Stuart Broad has revealed he and James Anderson advised Mark Wood to lengthen his run-up before the Durham paceman had even made his England debut.

Wood burst onto the international stage in 2015 with an explosive approach but the demands it placed on his body have seen him struggle with injury.

The 30-year-old lengthened his run-up two years ago in a bid to ease the load on his body and with it the chance of injury.

Wood began last summer as a key member of England's World Cup-winning side but knee and side injuries sustained during the tournament forced him to miss the 2019 Ashes.

He returned from his latest setback to feature in the last two Tests of England's successful tour of South Africa in the winter and took nine wickets in the final Test in Johannesburg, tormenting the home batsmen with deliveries regularly in excess of 90mph.

Broad, who has taken 485 Test match wickets, witnessed first-hand Wood's revival this winter and said Wood's longer approach had allowed him to bowl with "real rhythm" in South Africa and will hopefully enable him to remain injury free.

But Broad says he and long-time bowling partner Anderson first discussed the pitfalls of Wood's original run-up with the pace ace in 2014.

Speaking during a Sky Sports Watchalong of the 2015 Ashes, Broad said: "Going back, Jimmy and I went to Potchefstroom on a bowler’s camp, [which was] the first time I ever met Woody.

“He had this short powerful run, and Jimmy and I actually sat down with him and talked about his views on potentially lengthening his run.

"The thing about a short run is that it puts a lot of pressure on your body because you’re having to really explode at the crease rather than carrying a bit more momentum with you."

England will hope Wood can stay injury free for the 2021/22 Ashes series which they are 3.75 to win.

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