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England pace bowler Mark Wood is set to make his international comeback after being included in the ODI squad for the upcoming five-match series against Australia, which begins on January 14 in Melbourne.
Wood has not played international cricket since suffering another ankle injury in July 2017, but he did feature in England’s warm-up 50-over game against a Cricket Australia XI and finished with figures of 0-68 off his 10 overs.
While his figures will by no means blow anyone away, the 28-year-old revealed that he is determined to shake off his injury woes and establish himself as England’s “X-factor bowler”.
“I’ve been chomping at the bit,” Wood, who spent the winter with the England Lions team, was quoted as saying by BT Sport. “I’d like to prove a point to everyone, to my team-mates and the media, that I can be that X-factor bowler that they want.
“Nought for 68 doesn’t read well, I reckon I bowled a lot of dot balls and a lot of fours and sixes, but I was really pleased with how it came out.
“(I want) to prove it to everyone else that when I’m on I can add something different and I can do it for a long period of time and be consistent. That’s my role in the team, to ramp it up and be aggressive and try to take wickets by bowling fast.”
Wood admitted that he was gutted to miss out on the Ashes, which England lost 4-0. The Ashington native believed that he was fit enough to play some part in the series, but he respected the selectors’ decision to take a cautious approach, especially as he was returning from yet another ankle injury.
“It’s something that I haven’t coped well with in the past when I’ve not been quite 100 per cent,” he said. “I’m desperate to play for England but there are probably a couple of games I played in the past when I shouldn’t have played and that has damaged my reputation with coaches and selectors. I’d rather be honest now than play and not do myself justice.”