ICC World Cup 2019: Mark Wood Doubtful for West Indies Clash
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ICC World Cup 2019: Mark Wood Doubtful for West Indies Clash

Mark Wood
Mark Wood. Credits: Getty.

England fast bowler Mark Wood is a doubtful starter for England’s next match against West Indies which will take place at Rose Bowl, Southampton. Wood will undergo a fitness test on his ankle before a final call is taken on him before the toss time. The England seamer had reported soreness after the win against Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, Jos Buttler who had picked a hip injury while hitting a six against the Tigers is declared fit to play against West Indies by England coach Trevor Bayliss. Consequently, all-rounder Moeen Ali who had to miss out on action for the tie against Bangladesh can get back into the playing XI in place of Mark Wood. Ali had missed the last match as he was with his family for the birth of his daughter, Haadiya.

Mark Wood
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Wood will undergo a fitness test.

The England seamer had scalped two wickets in the previous match against Bangladesh. However, Wood had conceded 52 runs in the eight overs he had bowled.

Meanwhile, England has won two matches out of the three they have played. England had won their opening match against South Africa convincingly by 104 runs to begin their World Cup campaign on a high.

England vs India 2018, Moeen Ali, Monty Panesar
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However, they were surprised by Pakistan when the Men in Green won the contest by 14 runs. But England made a solid comeback against Bangladesh as they won by a massive margin of 106 runs. Thus, England will like to continue their good form going.

On the other hand, West Indies last match against South Africa was called off due to rain. West Indies has impressed with its short-pitched bowling and they would need to be at the top of their game to beat an in-form team like England. In fact, England and West Indies had recently taken on each other in bilateral series which ended as 2-2.

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