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Sport Mark Wood hopes he and Tymal Mills can ‘bring some fire’ at T20 World Cup

11:20  16 october  2021
11:20  16 october  2021 Source:   cricket365.com

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Mark Wood believes he can thrive alongside Tymal Mills at the forthcoming Twenty20 World Cup and plans a repeat of his speed gun rivalry with Jofra Archer.

England v Australia – Second Vitality IT20 – Ageas Bowl © PA Images England v Australia – Second Vitality IT20 – Ageas Bowl

Wood was spurred on to bowl faster by Archer’s presence as England claimed a historic 50-over World Cup title two years ago, coming out on top of the duel by sending down a 95.7mph delivery in the final against New Zealand.

Archer’s longstanding elbow issues will preclude his involvement as England go in search of a limited-overs double in the next month but his Sussex team-mate Mills has shown he can easily breach the 90mph barrier.

Wood: Mills and I can 'bring some fire' to World T20

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Tymal Mills, pictured, has been included in England’s Twenty20 World Cup squad (Mike Egerton/PA) © Provided by Cricket365 Tymal Mills, pictured, has been included in England’s Twenty20 World Cup squad (Mike Egerton/PA)

There has been speculation that the slow pitches in the United Arab Emirates, where England play all their Super 12 games, starting against the West Indies next Saturday, might mean Wood and Mills are battling it out for one spot.

Wood, though, rebuffed the suggestion, insisting they could feature in the same XI together and, if so, he will be egging on his fellow quick to go all out in a pace-off.

“It worked for me and Jofra, so me and T might have to keep it going,” Wood said. “He’s looking the business at the minute (in the nets) so hopefully he can bring some fire and I’ll have to up my game as well.

“Jofra certainly helped me in the 50-over World Cup, and it would have been brilliant to have him. He’ll be a huge miss, I think, because the quality that he brings in Twenty20, he can put people on the back foot from ball one.

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“It’s up to me and T to carry that forward. It’s nice that me and Jofra had played together and proved you can have two fast men in the side, not just one. So hopefully me and T can get a game or two together in the competition.”

With left-armer Mills restricted to white-ball formats because of a congenital back condition and Archer and Olly Stone, currently nursing a stress fracture in his lower back, having long lay-offs, Wood looks set to be England’s only 90mph bowler at the Ashes, which is slated to get under way after the T20 World Cup on December 8.

His own chequered past with injuries led to him conceding he will “probably” not play all five Tests but he thinks England are capable of doing something special in Australia with James Anderson and Stuart Broad in tow.

“Look, that would have been the plan for me, Stoney and Jofra and we’d hit them hard,” Wood said. “Unfortunately, injuries happen, I’ve had plenty myself and it’s hard on those lads because you want them to be there.

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  NASSER HUSSAIN: Tymal Mills HAS to fill the void left by Jofra Archer The first thing to say is England remain a fabulous Twenty20side and have a very strong chance of completing a white-ball World Cup double here in the next month. But there are issues they must address in their two warm-up games for this tournament, starting against India today, because they are in a slightly different place than they were ahead of what became their 50-over WorldCup-winning campaign in 2019.The late inclusion of Jofra Archer in that squad was a huge factor for England as we saw throughout the tournament, particularly in the final, and his absence is a massive blow.

“But the main thing is if we can set the base with the bat and get the big runs, we’ve got a great chance of bowling them out with the likes of Broad and Anderson – they’re high-quality performers.”

Ben Stokes was considered unavailable when the 17-strong Ashes squad was announced earlier this month as he focuses on his mental wellbeing and recovery from a second operation on a problematic left index finger.

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However, the all-rounder has fuelled speculation of a late inclusion by posting a video of his return to nets on Thursday, batting for the first time since taking an indefinite break from the game at the end of July.

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Wood, who revealed he has had no contact with his Durham team-mate lately, was adamant Stokes’ situation and a possible comeback in Australia has not been discussed among the Ashes squad members who are at the T20 World Cup.

“Not once among any of the players has Stokesy been mentioned,” Wood added. “The one thing at the forefront of everyone’s minds is they just want him to be alright. No one wants to even think past that.

NASSER HUSSAIN: Ali and Mills must-picks for England in T20 opener

  NASSER HUSSAIN: Ali and Mills must-picks for England in T20 opener NASSER HUSSAIN: Whatever combinations England settle on when they take on West Indies in their opening Twenty20 World Cup match, Moeen Ali is a must-pick. As long as the dew isn't a huge factor, the way Moeen has played recently means I want him involved; he's a good striker of the ball, a fine player of spin and would be my choice as fifth bowler.In the batting order, I would have him floating, so if a left-arm spinner came on, he could be sent in early.

“Hopefully the other things are going well and then the cricket can just naturally come back to him. He’s not going to lose it all overnight, he’s a quality player, so he’ll get back into it. It’s just whether he’s feeling good.”

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England skittle West Indies for 55 to start with win .
England made the perfect start to their T20 World Cup campaign after bowling West Indies out for 55 to claim a six-wicket win. Adil Rashid led the way in a brilliant all-round bowling effort, taking 4-2 - the best figures by an England bowler in T20Is - while there were two wickets apiece for Moeen Ali (2-17) and Tymal Mills (2-17) as the Windies were blown away inside 15 overs.

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