“The challenge becomes to prove to you guys, to my team-mates and the coaches that I can play three in a row,” Wood said on Wednesday (July 12). “It’s no secret that I thought Test cricket was probably gone at one stage. I feel good, which is rare for me. It’s surreal to back games up and not worry but I’m delighted,” he added.
Mark Wood, the skiddy England pacer, was content over the fact that he would be playing his third successive Test in a series for the first time in his international career.
Wood said: “One wicket at Lord’s might not sound good but I was pleased with how I bowled and it was a proud moment to come back in the Test arena.”
The English pacer also recollected some fond memories from the last time he played at Trent Bridge. Wood sneaked through the defences of Nathan Lyon to help England regain the Ashes during the 2015 summer. “Yes, it’s nice to be back here,” he observed.
“When you’re struggling, you visualise times when you’ve done well. This is a ground where I’ve always done well here, even for Durham. The night before, if I’m selected, I’ll be thinking about that and visualising running in,” he noted.