Mark Wood pledges to offer Australia a very different threat Down Under

Mark Wood promises to offer Australia a very different threat Down Under as England’s fast bowler prepares for first Ashes appearance in six years

Mark Wood is eager to make the most of his chance in the upcoming Ashes series and warned Australia that they will face a different bowler than they were six years ago.

The England fast was absent for the most recent fight in 2019 due to a side injury, while an ankle problem forced him to miss the squad for the previous trip Down Under, although the fast bowler recovered in time to take part in the one-day series at the end of the tour.

Wood’s only Ashes appearances came in the 2015 home series where he claimed 10 wickets, but he only made his Test debut months earlier and is now another batting proposition.

Mark Woods insists Australia will face a different bowler than six years ago Down Under

Since extending his run, the 31-year-old has averaged 25.5 in nine Tests and is looking to “hold up” one to the one in the Baggy Green.

“As an Englishman, playing against Australia is one of the greatest things you can do,” Wood said in the BBC documentary Project Ashes.

“I’ve played a lot of one-day cricket against them and had some success. Good success as a team, some success individually, so I’d love to test myself against them again at the highest level.

“I was a bit naive and young, not in terms of age, but in terms of my testing career (for the 2015 series). I was just starting out, it was all fresh and I didn’t take it all in and I would find nice to try again.

“I think I’m a different bowler than I was then, I’ve changed quite a bit and I have a lot more confidence. I had a lot of confidence in myself then, but because I got the performance together, I think that affected my confidence and eventually , every time I came back to the team, I tried too hard.

“Where as now and since I’ve changed my run-up, the St Lucia Test and Johannesburg Test, to get those five-fers in the bag, I feel like I’m an England cricketer, so to be up against this ‘Baggy Green’ that they keep talking about, we’re going to have our ‘Baggy Blues’ so I’d like to put one on it.”

Wood is still in quarantine along with the rest of the other Ashes members who participated in the Twenty20 World Cup earlier in November.