Mark Wood raring to have a go at Australia in Ashes

Mark Wood last played in an Ashes series in 2015 where he claimed 10 wickets

By Web Desk
November 26, 2021
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England pacer Mark Wood is impatiently waiting to make his mark in the upcoming Ashes series against Australia, which is starting from December 8.

The 31-year-old appeared in his only Ashes series in 2015 — where he took 10 wickets but he only made his Test debut a few months earlier and has a lot to offer to the batters now.

“As an Englishman, playing against Australia is one of the biggest things you can do. I have played a lot of one-day cricket against them and had some success. A lot of success as a team, some success individually so I would like to test myself against them again at the highest level," Wood said on BBC’s Project Ashes documentary.

The fast bowler believes that he was young while making his Ashes debut back in 2015 but he would "love" to have another go at it.

“I was a bit naive and young, not in terms of age, but in terms of my Test career (for the 2015 series). I had just started, it was all fresh and I didn’t take it all in and I would love to have another go at it," he said.

Wood clarified that he is a different bowler for batters now as he has more self-belief and confidence as compared to the 2015 Ashes series.

“I think I am a different bowler to what I was then, I have changed quite a bit and I have a lot more self-belief. I had a lot of belief inwardly in myself at the time but because I wasn’t putting the performances together, I think that is what knocked my confidence, and ultimately every time I got back in the team I was trying too hard," he added.

England are going to lock horns with Australia in the first Test of the five-match Ashes series at Gabba on December 8.