Vishal Mehra ∙ Mar 6 2023, 1:45 PM | 2 Min Read

Will Definitely Not Play All Five Ashes Tests, Quips Mark Wood

image-lewimgrjWood has a history of injuries [Twitter]

As June draws closer, the hype around the upcoming 'The Ashes 2023' is slowly but steadily building up among players and fans alike. One of England's star performers in their last Ashes campaign, Mark Wood has said that it will be impossible for him to play in all five Tests against Australia this summer.

Wood, who is currently playing in the ODI series against Bangladesh has been marred by injuries lately and finds himself down the pecking order in England's fast bowling unit.

The pacer, who featured in just three Tests last year as per ESPNcricinfo, said that it was up to coach Brendon McCullum and captain Ben Stokes if they wanted him to play all matches.

Keeping aside James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Jorfa Archer, and Chris Woakes, Wood faces stiff competition from Ollie Robinson, Matthew Potts, Olly Stone, Craig Overton and Saqib Mahmood.

Here's what Wood said

"I will definitely not play all five [Ashes Tests]. I was delighted to play four out of five in Australia. I was knackered, wrecked, exhausted [but] that was a big tick in my box to say that in a big series, I can do it, if Stokesy or Baz [McCullum] want me to play.

More than likely, with the bowling stock we have, especially at home, I probably won't even play four. They might even want me for one or two, if they need a pace element,"

Wood's next two major assignments before The Ashes will be the Indian Premier League (IPL) with Lucknow Super Giants and The Hundred 2023. 

So far in the ongoing ODIs, the 35-year-old has taken 2 wickets in as many matches.