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June 11, 2017 Mark Wood News
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Wood finished with four for 33 from his 10 overs in England's Champions Trophy win over Australia Saturday.
Wood struck the first blow for the home side when he drew an outside edge from David Warner leaving Australia 40/1. He removed Australia captain Steve Smith in the in 33rd over and triggered a spectacular collapse with the wicket of Glenn Maxwell in the 43rd. The Aussies would go on to lose five wickets for just 15 runs, including the wicket of Maxwell. The 27-year-old finished with the match's best bowling figures outdoing his countryman Adil Rashid by seven runs. The fast bowler also had the match's lowest economy rate with 3.30 runs per over, he bowled a match-high 40 dot balls and conceded four boundaries. Its Wood's first four-wicket haul and his best bowling performance in an ODI, eclipsing his three for 46 against Pakistan at Lord's last year.
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Fantasy AnalysisWood hasn't played since playing a first-class match for Durham in September when he broke his ankle and went under the knife for the third time. A seamer with pace to burn, Wood could be a valuable part of the England attack, but after making his Test debut against New Zealand at Lord's in May 2015, he hasn't returned to the Test squad since October 2015 due to recurring fitness problems. At 27-years-old, he faces a pivotal period in his career where his ankle problems could prove to be the downfall of a promising career as an England international. England hopes he'll be available for the Champions Trophy at home in June if fit.
Fantasy AnalysisA second round of scans has indicated that Wood had been bowling on a broken ankle in a County Championship match for Durham against Surrey at the end of the English county season. He returned to action for Durham midway through the 2016 English season after recovering from surgery for an ankle injury he sustained during Englandís tour of the UAE in late 2015. He also featured in Englandís 4-1 ODI series win over Pakistan at home. Wood is set to have his third ankle operation in the span of a year.