Mark Wood hopes a new extended race can be the secret of a sustained career, as he prepares for the start of England's five-game ODI series in Sri Lanka on Wednesday.
Wood's ability to generate an abrupt rhythm from a short, explosive race has been one of the key reasons why he has been considered a point-of-difference bowler in recent seasons, but also has contributed to a series of injuries, especially in his problematic left heel, in which he has undergone numerous episodes of surgery.
And now, with the World Cup looming next year and his fitness restored after another interrupted summer, Wood hopes that a longer and smoother career can lead to a longer life and "One more race soft on the England team.
"It's something that I've worked on in the second half of the season in England and I've brought it here," Wood told Talksport . "It's a test, something to which I can return if I want to take a step back.
"I talked to Kevin Shine, the bowling coach, and Chris Silverwood, who's out here, and I said that, from my short run I felt I had to force him all the time." That meant he was more stressful than he needed to. , I had to increase the speed to reach my maximum speed.
"So I pushed my race back, so I felt I could navigate in it a bit more and look for more rhythm, instead of being at the top end everything time, and put more stress on my body. "
Wood has not had much opportunity to put even more stress on his body, however, England has faced monsoon conditions since his arrival in Sri Lanka, and his two days Practices planned in Colombo were reduced to a single contest against a Board XI, at least it gave the players an idea of how the launches would behave at the beginning of the series.
"We had a lot of rain so far. Some days they are red hot, in humid sweaty conditions, and quite pleasant. for bowling and there are some days when it rains a lot and comes from the bottom up. There are different conditions to deal with.
"The tone did not feel as subcontinental as one might think," he added. "It's sub-tropical here in Sri Lanka, not like India or the UAE, it's wetter and much greener than you'd expect." The one-day windows have had a bit of tennis ball bounce and have rotated a little for England for three or four passes, so we have to use that to our advantage. "
Thanks to his large number of allrounders, England's – the day squad is full of bowling stitching options, which means that Wood anticipates being used in short, sharp bursts to conserve energy and mix attack modes.
"It's ridiculously hot, so it comes from a stitching bowling game point. In fact, it will be two or three attempts. , crush it as hard as you can and then get off. The spinners are the ones who are going to attack here, but that new ball is key for us. "If we can get windows in the front when it's doing a bit, it will be bright, but if not, we'll sit down, try to fix and harden it, and then let the spinners attack from the other side."  The reverse swing is a traditional factor in Asian conditions, but Wood said that England might need to adapt its methods to get the contrast between the rough and soft sides of the ball to unlock that particular weapon.
"Being fast in the air will be key with the reverse swing, but this terrain in Dambulla looks lush and green, so I'm not sure how much reverse it will be, but the Sri Lankans tend to dip one side of the ball and keep it soft, they know better than anyone on their own terms, so maybe we can get a page out of their book. "