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Mark Wood ready to pick up the pace and start living up to the hype

The Lord’s pitch will dictate who is chosen for England’s final bowling spot against Pakistan this week, but the Durham right-armer is willing to adapt

Mark Wood feels ready to crank up the pace at Lord’s this coming week should the instruction come from Joe Root. But the long-term aim is still to become a bowler for all seasons and one who lives up to some as yet unfulfilled hype in Test cricket.

Unless an emerald green pitch is rolled out at Lord’s when England take on Pakistan from Thursday, and makes the uncapped spin of Dom Bess as redundant as an Argos catalogue in Ikea, then the chief talking point will be whether it is Wood or Chris Woakes – who took 11 wickets in the same fixture two years ago – who gets the final spot. Though Wood is the incumbent, having replaced Woakes for the final Test of the winter in Christchurch, Root and the head coach, Trevor Bayliss, will still take a view based on the surface. Grassy, and the Warwickshire bowler could win his spot back; dry with potential for reverse later on, and it is over to Durham’s fast but slightly fragile right-armer.

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