Wood plays down Ashes chances

16 April 2019 18:07:35 GMTPlus10

Fast bowler Mark Wood admits he finally feels at home in Test cricket, but still expects others to pip him in selection at the start of the Ashes.

Durham paceman Wood took the man of the match honours in England's win over West Indies in St Lucia in February with a maiden five-wicket haul and pace tipping 90 miles per hour.

I still think that Woakes and Curran should be favourites for the summer for the Ashes.

Mark Wood

Yet he would understand if either Chris Woakes or Sam Curran got the nod to face Australia at Edgbaston on August 1st due to their ability to make the Dukes ball misbehave.

Asked if he now considered himself an established international, Wood said: "The headline would answer would be 'no I've never felt as important', but to be honest I feel like I've been part of the one-day team for a while.

"The Test match team, I've never felt settled in it, or that I belonged there. In 2015, with New Zealand and the Ashes, I felt I was a part of it, but I wasn't embedded because I was the fresh new guy and I've always been trying to claw it back.

"So that spell in the West Indies has done my chances no harm, but I still think that Woakes and Curran should be favourites for the summer for the Ashes.

"They did well in the English summer last year when the ball nipped around and caused India real problems. So I don't see why they, in those conditions, shouldn't be favourites to start the Ashes."

England are priced at 3.25 to win the World Cup on home soil, while they are 1.80 to win back the Ashes by taking outright victory in the series against Australia.

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