‘Net hero’ Wood keen to pepper Watson


England fast bowler Mark Wood is looking forward to having a go at Australia all-rounder Shane Watson, with a rivalry that dates back to 2009, and which Watson may not even remember.

Back then, Australia batsman Mike Hussey egged on Wood, then a net bowler, to bowl short at Watson, and the all-rounder did not enjoy that, calling the Durham paceman a 'net hero' and chucking the ball back at him.

Wood, eager to resume hostilities, said on BBC Radio 5 Live: "I had a famous incident with (Watson) in the Durham nets.

"I remember Michael Hussey asking me to bounce Watson, to which I wasn't going to say no. I let him have one, he's gloved it, and he didn't give me the best of looks.

"Next ball, Hussey said: "Give it him again", so I've bumped him again, and this time he's absolutely smoked it, picked up the ball, threw it back down the wicket at me, called me a "net hero", and said that he would like to have a go at me.

"Well, he's going to get his chance, so I'd like to have a go at Shane Watson one more time, and let's hope he remembers me, because he's going to get a few more bumpers."

Wood has only played 26 First Class games since his debut in 2011, thanks to injuries, but says he's experienced and talented enough to be on the international stage, and will play a good part during the Ashes.

He added: "I would describe myself as a wicket-taker, a skiddy and athletic bowler. I've accepted the fact I've had injuries because I was developing as a bowler and developing as a bloke.

"I've always been a slight lad and, in the last couple of years, looking after my body has stood me in good stead.

"People might be shocked that I have been picked for England, but I always felt that if I could stay on the park, I would do well."