The fiery English fast bowler, Mark Wood insisted Wednesday that winning the toss is not the deciding factor in the ongoing T20I series against India. England is leading the five-match series 2-1 after their eight-wicket triumph in Ahmedabad on Tuesday. But so far each team that has won the toss, has chosen to bowl first and won. The dew that becomes heavier as the evening wears on and makes bowling more difficult is a worry for both teams.
Talking about the same ahead of the fourth T20I, Mark Wood said, “I think the toss has been made a bigger issue than what it actually is. Our focus has not been on the toss – it’s been solely on performances. If either team has to bat first, they both still think they can win. I don’t think there’s a huge disadvantage. It’s not seen as a huge disadvantage, it’s just both teams prefer to chase because you know exactly what you need to go for and have seen how the pitch is playing.”
Wood said that England and India, first and second in the world T20 rankings, both have their batting lineups set up to “chase” a total. England has the chance of sealing the series in the fourth game in Ahmedabad and Wood said it would be a “brilliant achievement”.
The 31-year-old, who missed the second game because of a bruised heel, said he has been using the tour to get used to the Indian conditions which will help him during the World Cup in October.
Describing the same, Mark Wood said, “I’m watching their bowlers. I played with Shardul Thakur at Chennai and he’s got a new slower ball. I’m looking at that and how well that’s worked – is that something I could try and adapt to my game. There are always things to improve on, these are the conditions we’re going to come up against in the World Cup so it’s about trying to get the right skills in place to adapt on any given surface.”