Wood still coming to terms with Ashes win

Australia batsman Nathan Lyon  is bowled by  Mark Wood to win the fourth test match and the Ashes during day three of the Fourth Investec Ashes Test at Trent Bridge. Photo credit Nick Potts/PA Wire.
Australia batsman Nathan Lyon is bowled by Mark Wood to win the fourth test match and the Ashes during day three of the Fourth Investec Ashes Test at Trent Bridge. Photo credit Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Ashington-born pace bowler Mark Wood said being part of England’s Ashes winning side against Australia will take time to sink in.

Wood took the final two Australian wickets on Saturday morning to seal the series win for England.

Ten years ago, Steve Harmison, like Wood another Ashingtonian immensely proud of his roots, claimed a defining moment against the Aussies, having Michael Kasprowicz caught behind which sealed a thrilling two runs success for England who went on to clinch that series.

Speaking after Saturday’s triumph, he said: “The reality of us winning the Ashes is still a blur, it hasn’t sunk in as yet.

“It’s obviously a huge achievement and one which I’ll never forget.

“It’s a strange feeling, I’m delighted and proud but at same time can’t believe what I’ve achieved in such short space of time.

“A year ago today I never thought I would play for England never mind in an Ashes series, so to take the winning wicket is an even bigger bonus.”

Wood bowled Josh Hazlewood then shattered Nathan Lyon’s stumps to clinch the victory and start the celebrations.

“I was ecstatic and remember the lads jumping on me, but other than that I can’t remember much about it,” he added.

“It was brilliant to soak up the buzz from the crowd. The noise which they generated was fantastic.”

Wood said the achievement is the dream of every England cricketer.

“It’s been a big step up from county cricket with Durham to playing for my country,” said Wood, who lives in Wansbeck.

“There’s a difference in the intensity and pressure but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

“Days like Saturday where we won the Ashes is what you play for, and moments like that are the dream of every England cricketer.”