Pakistani team has lost their all-important second test match against England in their home at Multan, and the green army has been exited from the race of WTC finals 2021-23. On the fourth day, the Pakistani team was in a strong position to win the clash, but English pacer Mark Wood picked two important wickets from Shakeel and Nawaz, and then the green army collapsed. Wood’s figure was 4/65, which was the main difference between both teams, and England won the red ball clash by 26 runs.
In an interview, former Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar suggested that he would pull the truck to generate more pace in his bowling and also advised to control follow-through.
“A couple of things I have noticed. He loses his follow-through. Thank god he shortened his run-up. He lands on the left foot, and you see often he collapses on the pitch because he cannot control the follow-through,” Akhtar suggested.
Mark Wood is one of the best speedsters in the world, proving his excellence in the second test match against England and making his place clear in the team. Reacting to Shoaib Akhtar’s comment, Wood gave a cryptic note, said he was pleased, and applied all the techniques in front of the Pakistani crowd.
“I didn’t bowl any stumps out and if I wanted to bowl 100mph, I needed to pull trucks. He doesn’t know how weak I am. I can’t pull any truck. But it’s great to replicate someone like him. The crowd have been amazing, they love fast bowling in Pakistan off the back of guys like Shoaib… so it’s nice to get that reception,” Wood said.
Mark Wood has performed impressive in white ball cricket, and his performance in the second test match was exceptionally good. Earlier, he missed all test matches against West Indies, but now team management has given him a chance in the red ball, and he fulfils the promise of the selectors.
“At some my point my body will say that it’s the way to go but I didn’t prepare for white-ball, I prepared for all cricket. I desperately wanted to experience all this, with Stokesy and Brendon, so I’m pleased I’ve stuck with it. And I’m pleased we won here. I’d have been gutted if we’d won, I’d come in, and we’d lost. They’d have been pointing fingers at me,” he added.
Now, the English team has got another pacer on whom they can rely in every format of cricket after the retirement of veteran pacers James Anderson, Stuart Broad, etc. His performance in the sub-continental pitch is impressive, and it will be interesting to see how he will show his excellence in the upcoming matches.