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.”