Express pace Wood to chop down some stumps in Windies?

Mark Wood. A promising player that so far his international career hasn’t taken off due to predominately longer term injury and less match time in 4/5 day formats. He has pace – 90mph+ to be precise and has bounce that can frighten any top order batsman around the world. He has 156 first class wickets at an average of 27.83 and 8 five wicket hauls. His impact for England has come mainly in shorter formats with ODI being his stronger suit. Yet, going into 2019 his place at the Cricket World Cup looks in doubt due to his lack of match time and the better form from the likes of Tom Curran, Olly Stone and David Willey. Speculation before and during the 2017 Ashes series didn’t prove to be the case as he didn’t feature. At the age of 29, Wood’s playing days are shortening due to his various injuries and something needs to click for such a promising player.

His call up to the West Indian Test Series comes as Warwickshire’s Olly Stone flies back home with a stress fracture in his back. Stone has had limited opportunity on the International stage with his debut series coming in Sri Lanka (October 2018) and impressed with his pace and heavy bounce in the ODI series. Wood comes in as a like for like replacement but his lack of match practice in the Test arena might mean he plays as a back up seamer.

However, Wood brings a new dimension to West Indies which England should take advantage of with his old and new ball skills alongside his quick pace which will test the inexperienced West Indies batsmen. Whilst, England might not use Wood to change a winning formula, this will be Wood’s chance to show he can be an England Test fast bowler in a permanent position. He has the attributes but not the performances in the arena to show his worth to the side.

Away from Wood, England will be faced a tricky challenge with West Indies making wholesale changes to fix a losing team. But, England’s impressive form in Sri Lanka most notably with their spinners leaves them favourites in similar away conditions to make it 2 on the bounce.

Wood’s chance has come and he will be sure to make the most of it as his International selection hangs in the jungle. To read more articles cricket related, revisit the site and comment below whether Wood will start in West Indies?

Big Bash 08 : Mid Season Review


BBL 08 has reached its half way stage in the extended season with plenty of sixes, wickets and many entertaining moments from the T20 Australian Tournament. Short Leg will reflect on the mid season turn point with a Team of the Season. There will be more Big Bash related articles very soon!

Table after Matchday 31

1 Hobart Hurricanes 12 points W: 6 L: 1 NRR: 0.806

2 Sydney Thunder 8 points W: 4 L: 4 NRR: 0.304

3 Sydney Sixers 8 points W: 4 L: 4 NRR: -0.037

4 Adelaide Strikers 8 points W: 4 L: 4 NRR: -0.076

5 Melbourne Renegades 8 points W: 4 L: 4 NRR: -0.627

6 Brisbane Heat 6 points W: 3 L: 4 NRR: 0.59

7 Perth Scorchers 6 points W: 3 L: 5 NRR: -0.302

8 Melbourne Stars 6 points W: 3 L: 4 NRR: -0.426

Stats so Far:

8561 runs scored, 0 hundreds, 42 fifties, 122.3 strike rate, 685 fours, 272 sixes

356 wickets taken 1,161.0 overs bowled, 96 highest score, 7.4 economy rate, 242 catches

Short Leg’s Team of the Season So Far

1 – D’Arcy Short (Hobart Hurricanes) 355 runs 251 balls faced HS: 96NO vs Melbourne Stars Average: 59.17 6s: 15 4s: 31 50s: 4 SR: 141.43 16-0-115-5  E: 7.19 Average : 23.00 BB: 2-17

2 – Jos Buttler (Sydney Thunder)  273 runs 202 balls faced  HS: 89 vs Hobart Hurricanes  Average: 39.00 6s: 10 4s: 26  50s: 3  SR: 135.15

3- Chris Lynn (Brisbane Heat) 313 runs 235 balls faced  HS: 84 vs Sydney Sixers Average: 52.17 6s: 17 4s: 22 50s: 3 SR: 133.19

4- Daniel Hughes (Sydney Sixers) 224 runs 172 balls faced  HS: 62 vs Perth Scorchers Average: 28.00 6s: 4 4s: 24 50s: 2 SR: 130.25

5- Ashton Turner (C) (Perth Scorchers) 300 runs 220 balls faced  HS: 60 vs Sydney Thunder Average: 50.00 6s: 9 4s: 21 50s: 2 SR: 136.36  1-0-7-0 E: 7

6- Sam Harper + (Melbourne Renegades) 189 runs 137 balls faced  HS: 56 vs Brisbane Heat Average: 27.00 6s: 5 4s: 23 50s: 1 SR: 137.96  2 stumpings and 2 catches

7- Tom Curran (Sydney Sixers) 28.5-0-209-11 E: 7.25 Average: 19.00  BB: 3-18 vs Melbourne Renegades 123 runs 84 balls faced  HS: 62 vs Sydney Thunder Average: 41.00 6s: 1 4s: 16 50s: 1 SR: 146.43

8- Rashid Khan (Adelaide Strikers) 32-1-157-13 E: 4.91  Average: 12.08 BB: 3-19 vs Brisbane Heat 63 runs 36 balls faced  HS: 21 vs Perth Scorchers 6s: 5 4s: 5 SR: 175.00

9- Steve O’ Keefe (Sydney Sixers) 31-0-224-13 E: 7.23  Average: 17.23 BB: 3-19 vs Perth Scorchers

10- Kane Richardson (Melbourne Renegades) 23.5-0-196-11 E: 8.22 Average 17.82 BB: 3-22 vs Perth Scorchers

11- Riley Meredith (Hobart Hurricanes) 27-0-204-11 E: 7.56 Average: 18.55 BB: 4-21 vs Melbourne Stars

With 28 games or so to play including the final, Big Bash 08 proves to be another exciting and entertaining domestic competition to free up our winter blues. Be sure to revisit the site for more Big Bash articles as well as a variety of other topics including the outcome of the inaugural Global Test Championship coming very soon.