Wood wants to emulate Australia of old


England fast bowler Mark Wood wants to see the Three Lions conjure the spirit of Australian teams of years gone by.

Wood wants England to be ruthless and complete an ODI series whitewash against their hosts after winning the first three encounters.

Liam Plunkett and Wood have provided extra pace that has troubled Australia along with some great slow bowling options throughout the series but they don’t want to take their foot off the gas.

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Wood said in Adelaide: “I think Australians in the past have been ruthless and we want to try and emulate the old Australia teams by keeping up our good form and momentum.

“We want to really put a statement down and try to win 5-0. Hopefully we don’t lose that winning feeling. I wasn’t part of the Test squad but I was around it and a lot of the lads were hurting.

“As a one-day group with a few fresh faces we felt we had a point to prove to go out there and show these lads we’ve got some fighting spirit.”


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The seamer feels that England have won the ‘key’ moments in the ODI series after an Ashes series where Joe Root’s charges couldn’t stay on top for long.

Wood added: “In the Test series the lads talked about not winning the key moments but I think that’s what we’ve done in the one-day side, win those key battles.

“There’s been times Australia have been on top of us but we have those match-winners in the team who can turn around and win those key moments.

“We’ve just got on a bit of a roll, got the momentum going. We’ve got those sort of free-spirited, match-winning players in this one-day team who can really change a game.”

Wood will have to lead the attack against Australia on Australia day with Plunkett ruled out with a hamstring injury.