Twitter Erupts As "Dangerous" Mark Wood Destroys Australia With Devastating Spell At Headingley

Updated - 07 Jul 2023, 10:39 AM

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The 33-year-old England right-arm pacer Mark Wood wreaked havoc with the ball in the third Ashes 2023 Test match. The express pacer decimated Australia and ignited Headingley with a red-hot spell on Thursday, July 6.

England made three changes to their squad for the third Test match at Headingley in Leeds. Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, and Moeen Ali replaced Josh Tongue, James Anderson, and Moeen Ali. The inclusion of Wood in the line-up provided England with the much-needed express pace they were lacking in the bowling.

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Mark Wood started off sensationally and he was breathing fire from the very first over. He bowled the deliveries at 91 mph, 93 mph, 95 mph, 93 mph, 94 mph, and 93 mph to complete the over. This was the fastest over ever recorded in Test cricket history at Headingley.

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Mark Wood consistently clocked 150kmph throughout his spell and made life hard for the Aussie batters. He first cleaned up Usman Khawaja with a 94.6mph delivery and left him stunned. He continued bowling with his express pace and dismissed Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Alex Carey, and Todd Murphy to complete a sensational 5-wicket haul.

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Playing in his first Test since December 2022, which was against Pakistan in Karachi, Mark Wood bowled 11.4 overs and gave away 34 runs while picking up 5 wickets. Meanwhile, he gave away runs at an economy of 2.91, which was the best among the English bowlers.

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Notably, Mark Wood bagged four wickets in his last 14 balls as Australia were reduced from 240/4 to 263/10. As per Cricviz, the average speed of Mark Wood in the first innings of the Ashes 2023 third Test was 145.62 kmph. This was the second-quickest for any pacer, who has bowled a minimum of 60 balls, on any day of a Test match in England since 2006.

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Here’s How Twitter Reacted To Mark Wood’s Red-hot Spell:

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