Full name Mark Andrew Wood
Born January 11, 1990, Ashington, Northumberland
Current age 27 years 224 days
Major teams England, England XI, Durham, Durham 2nd XI, Durham Academy, England Lions, Northumberland, Northumberland Under-13s, Northumberland Under-15s, Northumberland Under-17s
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
Education Ashington High School
Relation Uncle - N Wood
|Test debut||England v New Zealand at Lord's, May 21-25, 2015 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v South Africa at Nottingham, Jul 14-17, 2017 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Ireland v England at Dublin (Malahide), May 8, 2015 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v Pakistan at Cardiff, Jun 14, 2017 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England v New Zealand at Manchester, Jun 23, 2015 scorecard|
|Last T20I||England v South Africa at Southampton, Jun 21, 2017 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Durham MCCU v Durham at Durham, Apr 3-5, 2011 scorecard|
|Last First-class||England v South Africa at Nottingham, Jul 14-17, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Durham v Northamptonshire at Chester-le-Street, May 1, 2011 scorecard|
|Last List A||England v Pakistan at Cardiff, Jun 14, 2017 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Durham v Lancashire at Chester-le-Street, Jun 28, 2013 scorecard|
|Last T20s||England v South Africa at Southampton, Jun 21, 2017 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/61, 6, 0/68, 0||England||v South Africa||Nottingham||14 Jul 2017||Test # 2264|
|0, 0/65, 28, 1/3||England||v South Africa||Lord's||6 Jul 2017||Test # 2262|
|21, 5/54||Durham||v Worcs||Chester-le-Street||26 Jun 2017||FC|
|2/36||England||v South Africa||Southampton||21 Jun 2017||T20I # 614|
|3, 0/37||England||v Pakistan||Cardiff||14 Jun 2017||ODI # 3889|
|4/33||England||v Australia||Birmingham||10 Jun 2017||ODI # 3885|
|0, 1/32||England||v New Zealand||Cardiff||6 Jun 2017||ODI # 3880|
|0/58||England||v Bangladesh||The Oval||1 Jun 2017||ODI # 3875|
|0/47||England||v South Africa||Southampton||27 May 2017||ODI # 3873|
|1/49||England||v South Africa||Leeds||24 May 2017||ODI # 3872|
Mark Wood does not fit the prototype of a modern England fast bowler. He is skinny, barely 6ft tall and does not gain excessive bounce but after his speed caught the eye with Durham and the Lions, he was given a Test debut at the start of the 2015 summer. He made an instant impression against New Zealand, bowling above 90mph and celebrating wickets with abandon, kept his place for the visit of Australia and capped things off by taking the wicket that sealed England's Ashes victory at Trent Bridge. In no time at all, the imaginary horse that had ridden around the county grounds of England to stave off boredom had become a recognisable part of his England celebration.
Like Stephen Harmison, Wood hails from Ashington in Northumberland and played for the same club. The former England quick also encouraged him to go to Australia at 18 to improve his game - not bad advice from a man who suffered bouts of homesickness away from the Northumberland coast. Where Harmison stands 6ft 4in tall, Wood is a level 6ft and delivers a whippier, skiddier ball. In his first five first-class appearances, he took 19 wickets at 21.63, including a match-winning 5 for 78 against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in August 2012.
Paul Collingwood's appetite for promoting and encouraging Durham's younger crop of players worked in his favour in 2013. He had a breakthrough summer, claiming 27 first-class wickets at 24.07 to help Durham to the Championship title and confirm his status as the latest in an impressive collection of homegrown pace bowlers. That strong showing was enough to win recognition on the England Lions tour to Sri Lanka, though it lasted only one match before he returned home with a side injury. His 2014 season was further disrupted by the first appearance of a long-running ankle problem but he was again involved with the Lions at the start of 2015 before being called up to the Test squad for the Caribbean.
He did not get a run against West Indies but was capped in the washed-out ODI against Ireland, picking up his first England wicket, and then replaced Chris Jordan in the Test side for a Lord's debut. Wood thought he had taken the wicket of Martin Guptill in his third over, only for replays to show he had overstepped, but he eventually finished with 4 for 140 as England won a thriller. Further limited-overs involvement followed but England were already aware Wood's workload would need careful managing - he played the first two Ashes Tests but missed out at Edgbaston. James Anderson's side strain allowed him to return at Trent Bridge and he took one of the two wickets not claimed by Stuart Broad as Australia were dismissed for 60. Two days later, the imaginary horse got an outing after Wood took the wicket that secured the return of the urn.
He made a blistering comeback from injury in the second half of 2016, delivering some of the most potent fast-bowling spells of the season as he helped Durham's to the final of the NatWest T20 Blast and also featured in England's 4-1 victory over Pakistan in their one-day international series. But further ankle issues ruled him out of a tour to Bangladesh and he missed India, too, after it was discovered that he bowled at the tail end of the English domestic season when his ankle was fractured. It all meant that he faced a third ankle operation within a year and, however optimistic the prognosis, cast doubts upon the resilience of a player who had won a reputation as England's fastest bowler.
Wood played minor counties cricket for Northumberland from 2008 to 2010 before making his first-class debut for Durham against Durham MCCU in April 2011. He made his List A debut against Northamptonshire in Clydesdale Bank 40 the following month and his first County Championship appearance against Nottinghamshire in August of the same year.