'Want to keep bowling fast and keep running in' - Mark Wood enjoying enforcer role for England Ashes 2021-22: "I’ve actually enjoyed it that I’ve got to keep charging in" - Mark Wood ahead of 5th Test

‘Want to keep bowling fast and keep running in’ – Mark Wood enjoying enforcer role for England

Mark Wood has hit the 145 Kmph marks consistently in the ongoing Ashes.

Mark Wood
Mark Wood. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Mark Wood has provided a different kind of armory to the England seam attack so far and he is in fact, quite happy to have found fitness for at least four Tests. Wood has been one of the quickest bowlers in the ongoing Ashes so far among both sides and his raw pace has brought in a lot of success. Although he has picked up just eight wickets in the three Tests, he has been troubling the Australian batters consistently.

Wood has especially been very effective against the world No. 1 Test batter Marnus Labuschagne, accounting for the latter’s dismissal three times. He has been hitting speeds around 145 Kmph for the most part of his bowling spells. The 32-year-old has filled in the role of injured Jofra Archer who took on the Australian batting apart in the previous Ashes.

Mark Wood desires to keep bowling fast

Wood was  delighted to play the role of an enforcer by going after the wickets aggressively. He mentioned that he has enjoyed taking responsibility for the side to get those quick spells in whenever the captain needs him. He hoped to keep his fitness levels at best for the last Test at Hobart which starts on Friday.

“I have worked hard on my fitness and I have had a desire deep down to keep bowling fast and keep running in and to be the only fast bowler here to offer a point of difference. I’ve got that responsibility on my shoulders and I’ve actually enjoyed it that I’ve got to keep charging in. I’ve got to keep doing that side of things for the team and hopefully, I can keep my speeds up for another game,” Mark Wood told in a press conference.

Wood relished the fact that he has been winning the battle against Labuschagne but hoped that he could help the team win. Australia lead the series 3-0 and England will look to finish the series with a win for pride.

“We’re still getting battered — it would be a moral victory if he was getting out and we were winning. He’s still contributing to their team winning. They’re still getting more scores than we are and we’re not bowling them out.” Wood added