At the Multan Cricket Stadium, England defeated Pakistan by 26 runs during the second Test. They grabbed a commanding 2-0 lead in the three-match series and won the series with one match remaining. England fast bowler Mark Wood has said that he considered giving up Test cricket earlier this year while recovering from a serious injury.
Due to a hip injury, Mark Wood was unable to play in the opening Test in Rawalpindi, but he made an excellent comeback in the second Test in Multan. In the second innings, the right-arm bowler was superb and frightened the Pakistani batsmen with his rapid pace. He concluded the second innings with figures of 4/65 as he removed visitors Saud Shakeel and Mohammad Nawaz from the game.
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I’m Pleased I’ve Stuck With It – Mark Wood
Due to an injury incurred on the West Indies tour in March that required surgery, Mark Wood was out for more than four months. The 32-year-old admitted at the time that he was thinking about switching to white-ball cricket due to his advancing age.
“Well, in fact, yes. I wondered if I’d go white-ball only. At some my point my body will say that it’s the way to go, but I didn’t prepare for the white-ball, I prepared for all cricket,” Wood said ahead of the third Test in Karachi.
“I desperately wanted to experience all this, with Stokesy and Brendon, so I’m pleased I’ve stuck with it. And I’m pleased we won here. I’d have been gutted if we’d won, I’d come in, and we’d lost. They’d have been pointing fingers at me” he added.
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Stokesy Now Is Much More Mature – Mark Wood
England played an aggressive brand of cricket and won eight out of nine Test matches under Ben Stokes’ direction. At the Durham Academy, Mark Wood played cricket with Stokes and referred to him as a player of the highest caliber.
“It’s weird, the lad I grew up with, Stokesy now is much more mature. He speaks so well, he’s always had a fantastic cricket brain. But the way he comes across, the way he conducts himself and the messages that he gives, he’s just so much more rounded than when we were growing up,” Wood said.
“He was this alpha guy who would whack it, never back down. He’s still got all that, but he’s got other sides to him now. He’ll put an arm around people, and express what he means really articulately. I didn’t think he had some of the words in his locker. But he’s been world-class, to be fair.”
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