Mark Wood reveals he had a ‘rough night’ with a stomach issue before taking the huge wicket of Australia’s star man Marnus Labuschagne on day one of the fourth Ashes Test… giving England a glimmer of hope in Sydney
- Mark Wood took the wicket of Marnus Labuschagne on positive day for England
- Bowler admitted he suffered stomach issues overnight before the fourth Test
- Wood says he hopes to be back at full fitness with a good night sleep in Sydney
- REPORT: England give themselves a glimmer of hope on a rain-affected first day
Mark Wood endured ‘a rough night’ before giving England a glimmer of Ashes hope with the late dismissal of the world’s No 1 batsman Marnus Labuschagne on a truncated first day of the fourth Test in Sydney.
Wood produced a beauty to take the edge of Labuschagne’s bat and leave Australia on 126 for three before more rain ended a day where England recovered from another poor start to bowl better once a wet and out of shape ball had been changed.
Then the fastest bowler on either side revealed he had been suffering from a stomach upset and had had little sleep before dismissing Labuschagne for the second time in successive Tests in a day reduced to 46.5 overs.
Mark Wood was in fine form on Wednesday – but had been suffering stomach issues overnight
Wood took the huge wicket of the world’s No 1 batsman Marnus Labuschagne in Sydney
‘I had a bit of a rough night but I managed to keep just enough energy for the day,’ said Wood. ‘I had a bit of a stomach problem but I’m hoping that with a good night’s rest and some food inside me I’ll be right as rain tomorrow.’
Wood, the pick of England’s attack with another displayed of controlled hostility, is hopeful he can continue providing problems for Labuschagne, in the same way Stuart Broad has tormented David Warner, dismissing him on Wednesday for the 13th time in Test cricket.
‘I’m delighted to get Marnus because he’s a top player,’ said Wood. ‘I know we’ve had this bowl fuller thing but I think we have to hit the wicket hard and make them play as much as we can. Thankfully I made Marnus play, it wasn’t an easy ball to leave, and he managed to edge it.
‘I’d love to have a Broad v Warner thing with him. Anybody would love that when they think they’ve got a chance to get someone out. The ball before, Marnus hit me for four so I just tried to zone in a bit more. I knew the ball before was loose but I got this one spot on.
Wood put his bad night sleep behind him but admitted afterwards that he wasn’t at 100%
Wood wants to create a rivalry with Labuschagne like Stuart Broad (left) has with David Warner
‘You want to test yourself against the best players. I’ve been a bit frustrated in that I’ve felt in good rhythm and have been bowling well in this series without getting the wickets I would have liked but to get big players like that out makes you very happy.’
England, desperately seeking a positive performance to regain pride after losing the Ashes in three Tests, were disappointed when a final squally shower stopped them adding to their late recovery which saw Australia slip from a commanding 111 for one after winning the toss.
‘It could have been a good opportunity for us to get another couple of wickets but after a stop-start sort of day to get a couple towards the close was a big deal,’ added Wood.
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