His New Regiment Is Showing Fitness Results
During his six-year international career, Mark Wood has had more than his share of injuries. This frailty and susceptibility to injury has earned him his ‘glass man’ title. You might be astonished to learn that after trying out a new rest and rotation regiment, he’s the England seamer with the most game appearances in 2021.
Wood persevered through his disappointments with the decision last year, appearing in just one Test match all through the mid-year season. After that he was overlooked all through the T20Is in South Africa. However, from that point forward, he proved himself in all capacities and had a spectacular showing in 12 events through Test, ODI, and T20I cricket. Aside from Wood, only Sam Curran, an all-rounder, has played more games (13), while James Anderson, a Test-trained professional, has bowled more overs (174.2 to Wood’s 155.5).
Wood’s incredible 2021 run includes playing consecutive Tests in Sri Lanka and 4 out of 5 T20Is in India. He started the home summer season, playing consecutive Tests versus New Zealand at Lord’s and Edgbaston. Then he played the first two T20Is versus Sri Lanka, but had to be rested for the third game. What’s astonishing is not only did he remain fit throughout the matches, but he regularly posted speeds averaging 93mph/150kph.
Wood mentioned that it took improving communication with the England team’s administration. He worked on finding a mature way to deal with the toll quick bowling takes on his body that led to his incredible performance so far.
He went on to add how despite playing so many games, he has managed to keep his pace and is injury-free to boot. All he wants is to help his team win. That’s the type of bowler he wants to be, which is key to him. He shared these sentiments as he spoke to ESPNcricinfo.
He went on to explain how he did in the recent Tests versus New Zealand and Sri Lanka. Furthermore, he acknowledges that being older now, he is mature enough to recognize when he is pushing too hard or when something is wrong; and isn’t afraid to speak up. That said, there’s a danger that he might overwork himself. After all, he is the last man standing with his fellow teammates, Jofra Archer, in rehab after his elbow surgery and Olly Stone out due to a back stress fracture.
However, he is now aware of the harm and is more likely to take it easy when pushed beyond his limit.
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