ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: English Fast bowler Mark Wood fit to face South Africa
England pacer Mark Wood will be ready to face South Africa in the opening game of the ICC Cricket World Cup on Thursday. Mark Wood one of two England bowlers who regularly generate pace in excess of 145 KPH – the young Jofra Archer is the other – pulled up during his fourth over against Australia in the warm-up match in Southampton.
The fast bowler had his foot scanned and has been passed fit to play – although he did not feature against Afghanistan in Monday’s warm-up match. Wood said after the Afghanistan match: “I wasn’t worried about the scan because I knew it was precautionary, I probably could have carried on bowling, but I didn’t want to take any risks with it, when I knew what was round the corner – especially with my background.
“So I said to Jos ‘I have felt something, can I go off and get it checked’. The medics didn’t want me to go back on.” Given Mark Wood’s history of foot and ankle problems, there was some trepidation in the camp when he was subsequently sent for scans. He is confident to hit the deck hard when the mega events begins later this week. Hosts will play the opening game of Cricket World Cup 2019 with South Africa on Thursday.