Wood determined to give one last push in the Ashes

Publication Date14 January 2022
Publication titleHuddersfield Daily Examiner
Australia has taken a shine to Wood over the last few weeks, with his ability to repeatedly clear the 90mph barrier and land vital blows for a side who have been mostly outclassed seeing his stock soar

His bare numbers tell only half of the story - eight wickets at 37.62 - but the identity of his victims does the rest. Wood has dismissed Marnus Labuschagne three times in 17 balls since he became the world's number one batter and has also got the best of key men Steve Smith and David Warner.

But he is not content to console himself with the warm words of pundits and a few magnanimous cheers from the home fans.

When he lined up in Hobart overnight for the day/night Test, he was looking for tangible rewards.

"Personally I am pleased with my effort, but when you're playing for England effort should be a given," he said.

"You should be giving everything you've got every time. I've given 100 per cent.

"This is one last big push for me to try and keep my speeds up and offer that to the team. It's all well and good playing the games, but it's wins and wickets I'm after, so that's my priority.

"I have kept my paces up, but not got the wickets I really wanted. Now I have another chance in this game to put something in the right column at the end.

"I want to raise my game and prove myself against the best players. It's always special when you get a big wickets - Smith, Warner, Marnus - they are top players."

Asked if he took a 'moral victory' from getting the best of his head-to-heads with those key rivals, his answer was swift and emphatic.

"Not really, because we've been getting battered," he said.

"If I was taking those wickets and we were winning games, I'd say yes, but at the minute we're not so...

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