England National Cricket Team top-order batsman Ben Duckett, 28, has claimed the Australia National Cricket Team would not want to face the English speedster. wood brand in the rest of the Ashes 2023 series.
Mark Wood appeared in his first Ashes 2023 match in the third Test at Headingley in Leeds. He brought much-needed fast pace to the England bowling line-up and gave the Australians much concern throughout the match.
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He bowled one of the fastest spells of all time at Headingley and recorded a 5 wicket haul in his return innings. In the second innings, he picked up crucial wickets from Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins to clear out the tail.
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Not just with the ball, Mark Wood was also extremely impressive with the bat. He scored 24 runs at a strike rate of 300.00 in the first innings and 16 runs at a strike rate of 200.00 during the successful run chase.
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In an interaction with The Guardian, Ben Duckett said the Australians would hate to face Wood. He said:
“I also know for a fact that Australia will not want Woody to play these last two games. It’s so weird; How does he bowl so fast? He’s not a big guy, he’s just arm speed I guess. He is so slippery and always with you, so I am very happy that he is on my team”.
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The way he hit them with the bat changed the game: Ben Duckett on Mark Wood
The England opener added that the way Wood batted in the third Test was absolutely game-changing. He stated:
“And it’s not just with the ball, the way he faced them with the bat changed the game.”
Duckett acknowledged that Australia are a good team, but labeled them “a bunch of good guys” led by “one of the best guys”, Pat Cummins. He said:
“My opinion of the Australian team is that it is a very, very good team. But they are a lot of good guys. Pat Cummins seems like one of the nicest guys in cricket. If he threw 90 mph like he did, it would give the hitter a lot more talk. But he doesn’t feel like they’re trying to intimidate anyone, they’re just focusing on his abilities. It is nice.”
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Ben Duckett further spoke about the entertaining approach to England’s Bazball. He elaborated:
“Two years ago, some of the shots I play would have been unacceptable. It’s amazing what you can do when you take away your fear of failure. That’s the most important thing, I’m not trying to make people think I’m the best opener in England, I’ll stick with what I’m doing and have a much better chance than if I try to be something I’m not. .”
The fourth Test between England led by Ben Stokes and Australia led by Pat Cummins will be played from 19-23 July. The match will take place at Old Trafford, Manchester.