ICC World Cup 2019: Scans Clear Mark Wood of Serious Injury
England fast bowler Mark Wood has been given a green chit for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019. Wood who has the skills to generate great speed for England had suffered an injury scare in the warm-up match against arch-rivals Australia. The lanky fast bowler had pulled up and didn’t take any further part in the game.
The fast bowler had bowled only 3.1 overs in Australia’s batting innings when he felt the discomfort. Wood had also scalped a wicket but had to leave the field. Thus, there were question marks raised over his further participation in the World Cup. However, the scans have now given a green signal of any major injury to Wood.
Wood gets the green signal.
Consequently, it is good news for the England team who have injury concerns in the recent past. England captain Eoin Morgan had also suffered a small fracture in his index finger during the fielding drills. Thus, the English skipper will miss both the warm-up matches for the hosts.
On the other hand, Jofra Archer had also suffered an injury concern when he had come to the field as a substitute fielder. Hence, England’s fielding coach Paul Collingwood had taken the field as England had run out of reserve fielders in the warm-up match against Australia.
Meanwhile, England didn’t have an ideal preparation as they lost the warm-up match by 12 runs. The hosts are currently playing the second warm-up match against Afghanistan and they have elected to bowl first after winning the toss.
England is considered as one of the favourites for the World Cup as they have played ruthless cricket in the last four years. The hosts have attained new standards since the last World Cup and they would like to come up with the collective effort.
England will begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa at Kennington Oval on 30th May.