England pacemaker Ollie Robinson lavished high praise on teammate Mark Wood for his astounding performance in the third Ashes Test 2023 at Headingley in Leeds. He said that he had never seen a spell like his on the first morning of the game.
The inclusion of Mark Wood in the English side for the third Ashes Test 2023 turned the fortunes of the hosts around as he played a vital role and helped their side win the game by a 3-wicket margin and mark their first win. from the series. .
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Mark Wood proved to be the difference between the two sides as he delivered a fiery spell and made Australia’s batsmen look clueless. He launched the second fastest run in England since 2006 and unleashed a fife in the first innings that helped England beat the opposition by a low total.
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Mark Wood, who picked 2 wickets in the second innings, also played a vital role with the bat. He scored 24 runs off 8 balls in the first innings and then chipped in an unbeaten 16 runs off 8 balls in the second innings to help his side chase goal.
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Ollie Robinson said Mark Wood’s spell was the fastest he’s ever seen. He pointed out that Marnus Labuschagne also seemed taken aback by his pace and that it was too fast even for him. Writing in his column for Wisden, he said:
“I’ve never seen a spell like Woody’s on that first morning. I was in the middle to start with, and the first few balls, I was like, “Gosh, that seems pretty fast…” After the first over I went to the fine leg, and I was standing no more than 15 yards behind Johnny, literally thinking, ‘This is the fastest I’ve ever seen’. He was crazy. It was amazing to see it and be a part of it. Although not so surprising for hitters, I would imagine…
“With a pace like that, you pick up little quirks in the batsmen that you don’t normally pick up, and as bowlers I think we pick up on it more. There was a ball that Marnus [Labuschagne] he played, and after that he had an awkward wry sort of smile on his face. And he was trying to give the image that everything is fine, when in fact it’s not, because someone is bowling at 95 miles an hour! You knew it was too fast for him after that.
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Ashes 2023: Even Usman Khawaja, who plays with good pace, struggled against Mark Wood – Ollie Robinson
Ollie Robinson further highlighted how Usman Khawaja, who is a good pace player, struggled against Mark Wood’s fast bowling. While he calls his spell uncomfortably fast and uncomfortably awkward for bowlers, he said he has a uniquely crazy energy. He elaborated:
And even Uzzie [Usman Khawaja], who obviously plays very well with pace and has been in great shape, even he struggled with pace at times. He went from having this calm personality in the crease to suddenly smiling and joking, trying to give off the good vibes that he was okay. Every batter during that spell was doing the same thing. He was awkwardly fast and awkwardly awkward, and as a hitter you’re trying to convey that you’re okay when you’re not.
We bowlers used to say that if we had been batting we might have knocked over our poles. Woody has this crazy unique energy. There is no one else like him. You think he’s drunk half the time and he doesn’t taste a drop. Keep in mind, this is a guy who, 10 minutes before we came out, literally 10:50 am, was on all fours barking on the locker room floor, saying, “There’s a dog in the locker room. There’s a dog here, guys…”
The Ashes 2023 currently sits at 2-1 with Australia in the lead. The fourth game of the series will take place in Manchester from July 19.
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