England pacer Mark Wood, who scored a vital 52 in the ongoing second Test against New Zealand, revealed that he tries to get ahead of himself while batting. He credited the New Zealand bowlers for bowling well before his partnership with Jonny Bairstow has turned the momentum in England’s favor.
After a lackluster performance in the first innings of the first Test, the England batsmen did very well to stretch the game into the last session on the last day of the first Test match and ignited hope of an unlikely draw. But that didn’t happen as New Zealand bowled very well and took a 1-0 lead in the 2-match series.
Wood returned to the Test team after eight months and was brought into the team in place of pacer Craig Overton. He walked out to bat at No. 9 with his team in trouble (at 164/7). He scored an entertaining knock of 52 to help England end the day in a good position.
He also revealed in jest that he starts thinking himself as Don Bradman when has reached the 20-run mark and hence ends up getting a bit ahead of himself.
“I worked hard in the nets this week thinking I might play this game. I get to 20 and I think I'm like Bradman, that's the problem, I try too many shots. It was nice having Jonny there, he kept it fun, kept it calm whereas sometimes I think I get a bit ahead of myself and try too much,” Mark Wood was quoted saying by Cricbuzz.
Wood was all praise for his batting partner Jonny Bairstow, who kept things lot simpler for him. He also said that he had fun while batting in the middle.
“I had loads of fun but the worrying thing is I've got a fifty before a five-for, so I've done that the wrong way round. I loved batting with Jonny, a lad I've played with and against since I was about 11 years old. So nice to do it with him at the other end. When I went out to bat we were in a bit of trouble. Jonny knows I like to have a bit of fun out there, so it made it easier - just having a laugh and seeing how it goes.,” Wood said in a post-day press conference.
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