England fast-bowler Mark Wood is having a great time with the bat as he hit two lovely drives to start the second day’s play of the second Test against New Zealand at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Wood was playing on a 58-ball 16 when the play ended yesterday. He was in a partnership with Daniel Lawrence, who had notched-up a century.
Mark Wood started the day with a boundary in the first over as he played one fuller ball from Trent Boult through extra cover and made everyone fall in love wit his drives. Two overs later, Wood hit another four, again off Trent Boult and this time he played late, opening the bat face and guided the ball into the gap behind point.
However, he was dismissed by Matt Henry in the sixth over of the day, but before that, he did his work, smashing multiple fours on short balls. He was bowled by Henry for a 80-ball 41, which included seven fours.
Hosts England are up against New Zealand in the ongoing second Test at Edgbaston, Birmingham. The first Test at Lord’s ended in a draw after England decided not to go after the target. Ahead of the second Test, England’s Ollie Robinson was suspended post his debut for offensive tweets when he was 18. As a result, England were forced to make a change and they brought Olly Stone to replace Ollie Robinson.
New Zealand, on the other hand, were eying the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) Final, thus, resting their premier pacers was inevitable. The visitors made as many as six changes – Will Young, Tom Blundell, Daryl Mitchell, Matt Henry, Ajaz Patel and Trent Boult replaced Kane Williamson, BJ Watling, Colin De Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Mitchell Santner and Tim Southee. While Kane Williamson, Mitchell Santner and BJ Watling were injured, other three were rested to keep an eye on the WTC Final against India.
Here is the video of Mark Wood’s lovely shots:
How fun was this @MAWood33 innings this morning! 🥳
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