Mark Wood admits that he is fighting "against the clock" if he wants to win a place in the World Cup in England.
Wood returns to England side for the final ODI against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Tuesday but, having not played a game in the series to date, fears that he has lagged behind others in the race for the selection.
Now, with a unique ODI series to come (the five-game series in the Caribbean in February and March) before England picks its World Cup team, it feels like it's one of five men competing for Complete the party of the 15 men.
"In my opinion, there is a place on the team for five of us," said Wood. "Liam Plunkett is going to play: he's been our best bowler for a while, Chris Woakes has been very consistent, he's a great bowler and he's going to take the new ball and Ben Stokes balances the team."
So you have a place between me, Tom Curran, who feels he has recovered his slowest ball, Olly Stone, who launches rockets and is in front of me right now, Sam Curran, who can hit, and David Willey, who had a good summer We're probably all competing for that one place. "
It's hard to disagree with Wood's assessment, and with England's tactic of playing two spinners under most circumstances, it works well for them, and the administration understandably, he wishes to have some variation in the left arm – provided by Sam Curran or Willey – in his attack, he may well prove that Wood is now an outside bet for that last place.
As the World Cup has been a point fo England's cricket lime for the past four years – and Wood had been a regular part of the ODI side in that period: it would be discouraging to miss out on this stage. As a result, he hopes to improve his game in the last months before the tournament, both extending his career. -to avoid some stress that exerts on your body and develop a new slower ball.
"It can be frustrating when you're out with a World Cup just around the corner," he said. "I would be lying if I said I did not have an eye on that, I know if I do not do well here, I'm on a tour of not being on the World Cup team, and that's something we've been building for over four years, since the last one, so I have to do the business. "
"I managed to throw the new ball here, so it's been an advantage, and I've been trying to work on some new slower balls, I feel like I can improve with a few slower balls."
I'm a little against the clock. Everyone is fighting for that place, so it's not like I could keep working on one slower ball for the next. three years. "
While that competition for the venue could disrupt the team's balance, Wood insists that he will not be allowed to do so in this England field, with Eoin Morgan confirming that he would retire from the team if his form did not He was up to the task, he can rest on Tuesday to provide opportunities elsewhere.The atmosphere in the camp is, says Wood, disinterested and positive.
"We are a team," he said. "We are all together. I want my friends to do it well. I'm a fan of England and I want England to win.
"You do not win nine sets on the rebound [a statistic that excludes the one-off defeat against Scotland] It's good to have healthy competition without being bitter or bitter, that does not help anyone, and I do not think Eoin Morgan has you close if you were not behind the team. 19659014] "Some of the sessions on the net have been quite complicated, since all the bowlers have been trying to get a spot on the side. "I have to prove myself and improve, and if I can do it, I hope he recovers my place."
Meanwhile, Chris Jordan, who has just arrived in Sri Lanka, trained with the team on Tuesday. . Jordan has joined the team to play in the only T20I match that follows the ODI series.
But while Jordan participated in the football warm-up, there was no sign in Jonny Bairstow's training. The Bairstow ankle injury is still a concern and it is doubtful that he will be able to play in the first test.
England could call Ben Foakes, the Surrey goalie, within a day or two. Olly Stone and Joe Denly, who were able to make their first ODI appearance in this decade on Tuesday, also withdrew from the football training section.