Woods signals intent for England

30 April 2021 22:45:03 GMTPlus10

England seamer Mark Wood is delighted to be back in action for Durham as he builds up for a busy summer of Test cricket.

Wood took 3-28 as Durham skittled in-form Warwickshire out for just 87 in the first innings of their County Championship clash at Chester-le-Street and the paceman is now concentrating on finding his rhythm with a two-Test series against New Zealand due to start on 2nd June.

It's great to be back at Durham and it's great to be making a contribution.

Mark Wood

It is likely to be a frantic 2021 of international cricket for Wood, who has taken 53 wickets in 18 Tests since making his debut in 2015.

The 2019 World Cup winner is likely to be involved in all forms of the game, so it is a packed schedule with T20s and one-day internationals against Sri Lanka and Pakistan followed by a five-test series against India, which will start on 4th August.

And then the 31-year-old will be hoping to make the plane for the Ashes tour of Australia at the end of the year.

For now, though, Wood hopes to get some Championship overs under his belt and help Durham at the same time.

He said: "I've not got any restrictions or anything like that but they are not going to flog me into the ground so we will see how we go.

"We will wait and see how many games I play but it is about finding my rhythm and my form, but it's great to be back at Durham and it's great to be making a contribution."

England are 11/4 to win the Ashes, while Australia are 8/15 and the draw is available at 11/2.

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