Wood hoping to receive England call

Durham bowler Mark Wood.
Durham bowler Mark Wood.

Ashington born cricketer Mark Wood is hoping to receive a phone call this weekend when England announce their squad for the first Investec Test Match against New Zealand at Lord’s on Thursday, May 21.

The Durham star, who was in the England squad for the recent three match series against the West Indies in the Caribbean which finished 1-1, was awarded his Three Lions cap on Friday.

He made his debut for the senior England side in the one day international with Ireland in Dublin and captured his first wicket before rain forced the game to be abandoned with the hosts 56-4 after 18 overs.

“I was told I would be playing against Ireland the day before,” said 25-year-old Wood.

“I had a good night’s sleep before it hit me in the warm-up the following morning, and it was a bit surreal.

“I was excited as the crowd began to build up, then after being introduced to the Ireland Prime Minister I was presented with my cap by Nick Knight, the ex-England left hander who played over 100 one day games for his country.”

The right arm pace bowler added: “There were four or five debutants and I was the last one to be given my cap.

“I was the 241st one day player for England and I felt really proud and delighted as I embraced the moment.”

Wood described the feeling as he captured his first wicket.

“I knew that I would be opening the bowling and my role was to take wickets up front and set the tone,” he said.

“Conditions were damp with grey skies, and although I didn’t think I bowled that well because I was trying too hard, when I got the wicket of Will Porterfield, the home skipper, it was a relief because it seemed to free me up and I felt more relaxed.

“I thought I performed OK but I’m hoping to show people the real deal next time.”

The match off decision did not come as a surprise to Wood.

He added: “To bowl 18 overs was good. We knew the forecast wasn’t great but even so it was disappointing when it was called to a halt.

“It was a pretty special occasion and the club in Ireland had spent a lot of time preparing for the contest.”

Although Wood did not feature against the West Indies, he has drawn from the experience.

“I have learned the routines on the international scene of the likes of Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad and I now know all of the players well,” he said.

“Even though I did not play in the Test matches, I hope I impressed on the tour and that they will have seen my work ethic.”

Wood returned to the Durham side for their four-day game against Nottinghamshire at the Emirates International ground which got under way on Sunday.

He said: “My aim is to do well against Notts then keep my fingers crossed for a call up into the England squad.”