England fast bowler Mark Wood has been declared fit on Monday for their opening game against South Africa in the World Cup which will be played on May 30 in Kennington Oval, London. He has cleared the fitness test as well and the news was confirmed by the team’s spokesperson. However, the news gave a big boost to the team prior to the mega event.
The pace spearhead had an issue with the calf during Saturday’s warm-up game against Australia and soon left the field after bowling one delivery of his fourth over in Southampton and didn’t take the field further in the game. He has been considered as one of the quickest bowlers of England in recent times.
However, he has earlier suffered from an ankle injury and this time luckily the injury was not that much serious as he was sent for a scan and the report was all clear. That means he is available for Thursday’s opening game of the tournament against South Africa at the Oval. Prior to their second warm-up game against Afghanistan at the Oval, Wood was seen bowling on one of the practice pitches under the guidance of England’s assistant coach Chris Silverwood. However, he did not take part in the game.
It will be interesting to see how dangerous Wood could be in their World Cup opener on May 30 after returning from the calf injury.