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Mark Wood disappointed after being omitted from the T20I squad

December 3, 2020

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Mark Wood has admitted that he is disappointed not to make it to the T20I squad against South Africa. He also believes that he has nothing left to prove ahead of the ODI series against England. England played with an unchanged XI throughout the course of the ODI series. This happened because of England skipper Eoin Morgan’s decision, who wanted to win every T20I against the Proteas. He believed that he wanted to understand each player’s role ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Nonetheless, Wood’s omission from the squad came out as quite a surprise. Woods had quite a decent spell against the Aussies back in September. With an economy of less than 8 and 3 wickets in hand, Wood had done quite well with the ball. Moreover, Wood’s bowling style looked ideal for the South African pitches also.

England, however, opted for Sam Curran instead of Mark Wood. The selectors felt that the bowling style of Sam Curran would be more well suited compared to that of Wood. Wood eventually had a discussion with Morgan regarding his exclusion from the squad. While Wood believes he wasn’t given any specific reason per se, it eventually turned out to be the right decision. England managed against South Africa what we call a whitewash. Slamming the Proteas at home, England eventually rose to the top, going no 1 in the rankings table.

I did not do anything wrong to be omitted: Wood

One reason why Wood was omitted could be because of the lack of game time last summer. He only managed to play 1 test match out of 5. Moreover, he also only played 5 ODIS when he could have played 12.

With Jofra Archer and Curran to be rested, Wood might finally get some game time under this belt. However, Wood has clearly stated that this is not a chance for him to prove himself. He believes that he has already proved his worth with his previous performances. With a high chance of rotating players, Wood might see plenty of game time in the upcoming months.

Given his ability to bowl in the death overs, Wood deserves a spot in the England squad. He might also see himself play in the upcoming tournament in India. He certainly has all the resources to be a great bowler and grab a spot in the World Cup squad ahead of Sam Curran. Let's see what the future holds for Mark Wood.

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