Wood pleased with his form

07 December 2017 04:05:50 GMTPlus11

Mark Wood enjoyed getting some overs under his belt - and scoring a half-century to boot - despite England Lions losing to a Western Australia XI in Perth.

Durham fast bowler Wood, who is trying to earn a call-up to the full Ashes squad in Australia, hit a 52-ball 51 and then took two wickets from his full complement of 10 overs as the England second string went down by six wickets.

"We bowled well as a pace group, because it was a 350 pitch, and the conditions were something I wasn't expecting to experience out here," said Wood.

"The groundsman warned us about the wind from Fremantle, and it was gale force. We had the pace bowlers running into it, and the spinners bowling with it, so their batters wouldn't be hitting the spinners downwind. Maybe we should have mixed it up a bit, but it was really hard work.

"But for me it was nice to get some more overs under my belt - the more I bowl, the more confidence it gives me. I felt like I bowled sharp again, and kept the ball rolling with the upward trend I'm on."

The 27-year-old will be considered by the England management once they are satisfied he is robust enough to string consecutive matches together following three ankle operations in two years.

He added: "I enjoyed the batting too, especially with Paul Coughlin. We're good friends from Durham so we know each other's game pretty well - so even though we were in a bit of bother when I came in to join him, we kept it relaxed and relatively simple."

England can be backed at 4.50 to win the third Test and at 13.00 to retain The Ashes.

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