Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Wood Looks Good to Be Key Part of Team Future; Durham Fast Bowler Is Tipped to Be Vital to England in All Forms of Game

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Wood Looks Good to Be Key Part of Team Future; Durham Fast Bowler Is Tipped to Be Vital to England in All Forms of Game

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Byline: Stuart Rayner Sports Writer Twitter: @StuRayner

HE STRUGGLES to get into Durham's limited-overs teams, but caretaker coach Paul Farbrace says Mark Wood is a key part of England's plans in all forms of cricket.

The fast bowler from Ashington made his first international appearance on his home ground on Saturday, as England took the one-day series against New Zealand 3-2 with a stunning three-wicket win.

The 25-year-old has never played 50-over cricket for Durham (he made 14 40-over appearances), and has only turned out nine times for the Twenty20 side.

But 45 days after his international debut, Wood has already been marked down as a key part of England's future in all formats.

"Woody is high-quality and he will only get better," said Farbrace, who hands the reins to Trevor Bayliss after tomorrow's Twenty20 at Old Trafford, for which Wood and club-mate Ben Stokes are in the squad.

"He's got genuine pace. He's an exciting cricketer and he's someone we want to see playing in all forms of the game.

"We don't want to break him, so we will have to be a bit careful with him over the course of this summer."

Wood's Durham career has been littered with injury, but international cricket, with more recovery time between matches, appears to suit him better. He is one of a raft of players Farbrace has either blooded or revitalised in the first half of the summer.

New cap David Willey, son of Sedge-field's former England all-rounder Peter, took 2-50 in front of his parents at Chester-le-Street, and leg-spinner Adil Rashid, back in the side after six years, bowled cannily (2-45) to restrict New Zealand to 283-9. England were set a steep 192 in 26 overs when the rain did its worst.

But despite being 45-5 at one stage, they got there thanks to Sam Billings (41) - another new face this summer - and Jonny Bairstow, cast aside after the last Ashes, whose 83 from 60 balls saw England home with an over to spare.

Given little choice by aggressive New Zealand, the best thing about England's cricket this summer has been their less cautious approach. …

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