Report: Mark Wood Will Skip The Hundred For ICC ODI World Cup 2023

Mark Wood has again proven his worth as an indispensable asset for the England cricket team. Known for his blistering pace, the right-arm pacer has further bolstered his reputation with a remarkable performance in the ongoing Ashes series against Australia.

Initially benched for the first two Tests, Wood made a resounding comeback in the third Test and immediately made his impact felt. His inclusion coincided with England’s victory in the third Test at Edgbaston after losing the first two Tests in his absence.

Wood’s first innings in the series saw him claim five wickets, and he followed it up with two more in the second innings. His raw pace and disconcerting bounce made him a constant threat to the Australian batsmen, making him look almost unplayable at times. Even in the drawn fourth Test, Wood managed to pick up four wickets. He has already bagged two wickets in the first innings in the ongoing fifth Test at The Oval.

Considering Mark Wood’s outstanding form and the upcoming ICC World Cup 2023, the English team management has decided to protect the pacer’s fitness. As a result, Wood will be sitting out of The Hundred, an action-packed domestic tournament, to ensure he remains in top shape for the marquee event. This decision becomes crucial, especially with Jofra Archer already sidelined due to an elbow injury. England is eager to have Mark Wood fit and available for the prestigious tournament.

While this move is a strategic one for England’s long-term interests, it comes as a blow to The Hundred, which has already witnessed the withdrawal of several prominent players ahead of its third edition. Mark Wood’s absence will also be felt by his team, London Spirit, who have already lost Olly Stone to a hamstring injury.

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As England prepares for the ICC World Cup 2023, they recognize the value of having a match-fit and in-form Mark Wood in their ranks. His express pace and ability to unsettle batsmen make him a potent weapon, and the team management’s decision to prioritize his fitness showcases the importance they place on him as they aim for success on the global stage.

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