England fast bowler, Mark Wood admitted he is racing against time to hold a position in the ODI squad for the 2019 World Cup. Meanwhile, Wook has incurred a lot of injuries throughout his career. He will return to the side for the fifth ODI match against Sri Lanka on October 23 (Tuesday). Moreover, the fast bowler admitted he is competing with the other four pacers for the 2019 World Cup squad.

“In my mind, there’s one spot in the squad for five of us,” Mark Wood said ahead of the final ODI.

Furthermore, Mark Wood applauded Liam Plunkett by saying he is the best bowler in white-ball cricket. He added, Chris Woakes is also playing consistently and can remain in the side. However, Wood feels Ben Stokes is an excellent all-round cricketer who is balancing the team as and when required both with the ball as well as with his bat.

The fast bowler though remained a little bit confused that who will achieve the fourth spot among him and Tom Curran.

Mark Wood, 2019 World Cup
Mark Wood. Image Courtesy: Getty

 “Liam Plunkett is going to play: he’s been our best bowler for a while. Chris Woakes has been so consistent. He is a great bowler, and he is going to take the new ball. And Ben Stokes balances the team. So you’ve got one spot between me, Tom Curran, who feels he has got his slower ball back, Olly Stone, who bowls rockets and is ahead of me at the moment, Sam Curran, who can bat, and David Willey, who had a good summer. We’re all probably vying for that one spot.” Mark Wood added.

In addition to that, England will play another five ODI matches before the next year’s triumph in England and Wales.

 “It can be frustrating when you are just on the outside with a World Cup around the corner,” he noted.

Meanwhile, Wood makes no secret of the fact he has been crunching the numbers with an eye on the final 15-man squad. The pacer has to play exceptionally well in the last game against Sri Lanka and also in the tour against the Windies.

2019 World Cup, Mark Wood
Mark Wood aims to get in line for the 2019 World Cup. PC: Getty Images

“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have one eye on that. “I know that, if I don’t do well here, I am one tour away from not making that World Cup squad. And that’s something we’ve been building up to for over four years. Ever since the last one. So I’ve got to do the business.” Mark Wood said.

England will represent a dead rubber game against Sri Lanka at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on October 23 (Tuesday).

Arijit Chatterjee

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