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England pace bowler Mark Wood has conceded that he has to be a lot more consistent if he wants to cement his spot in the Test side.
Since breaking into the Test squad in 2015, Wood has taken 28 wickets in 11 matches at a disappointing average of 41.82.
With the first Test against Pakistan starting on Thursday at Lord’s, Wood acknowledged that he needs to improve his Test record is he wants to stay on the selectors’ radar.
“I need to get more wickets, I need to be more consistent,” Wood told The Guardian. “To be honest I’ve got a lot to prove to the selectors, coaches, media, the fans because I’m a guy people probably had high hopes for and I’ve not done it consistently enough. An average of 40 is pretty average to be honest and I definitely want to lower that.
“I’ve got a point to prove to myself that I am good enough to do it at that level. Am I really as good as I think I am? Am I as good as the commentators, selectors think I am? Can I live up to that? I’ve got a long way to go.”
Wood, who recently returned home from the Indian Premier League (IPL), where he represented the Chennai Super Kings, added that he is determined to make his presence felt across all three formats. However, his main goal is to shine in the longest format.
“When I was in the back garden as a kid it was never T20 or 50-over, it was Test matches,” he said. “In my mind all the best players were at Test level and that’s what I wanted to strive to. These days, the 50 and 20-over stuff is a huge part of the game so I’m delighted to be part of such a good team. But the pinnacle for me is still trying to get into that Test side and I think I have a real point to prove.”