England bowler Wood looks to reduce 'stress' on body


Wood has taken 34 wickets in 34 ODI international matches for England

England bowler Mark Wood says he has lengthened his run-up to reduce the “stress” on his body in the build-up to the winter tour of Sri Lanka.

The 28-year-old is set to be part of the England team that faces the hosts on Wednesday in the first of five one-day international matches.

Wood has been working with England bowling coach Chris Silverwood.

“You can quickly disappear if you are trying to get a wicket every ball,” said the Durham player.

Wood has taken 34 wickets in 34 ODI appearances for England, with a best of 4-33 against Australia last summer.

He said: “I said to him [Silverwood] that, although I’d played a few games for England, I hadn’t taken loads of wickets. I’d taken one in a game, two in a game but I hadn’t had that five-wicket haul.

“I was putting more stress than I needed to my body and having to ramp it up to get to my top speed.

“I just pushed my run-up back a bit and felt I could cruise into it a little bit better, and look for more rhythm rather than being at the top end forcing it.”

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