Full name Mark Andrew Wood
Born January 11, 1990, Ashington, Northumberland
Current age 26 years 139 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 Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), Oct 22-26, 2015 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Ireland v England at Dublin (Malahide), May 8, 2015 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v Australia at Manchester, Sep 13, 2015 scorecard|
|Only T20I||England v New Zealand at Manchester, Jun 23, 2015 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Durham MCCU v Durham at Durham, Apr 3-5, 2011 scorecard|
|Last First-class||England v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), Oct 22-26, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||Durham v Northamptonshire at Chester-le-Street, May 1, 2011 scorecard|
|Last List A||England v Australia at Manchester, Sep 13, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Durham v Lancashire at Chester-le-Street, Jun 28, 2013 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||England v New Zealand at Manchester, Jun 23, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|3/39, 1, 2/44, 29||England||v Pakistan||Dubai (DSC)||22 Oct 2015||Test # 2183|
|1/58, 4, 0/29||England||v Pakistan||Abu Dhabi||13 Oct 2015||Test # 2180|
|-||England XI||v Pakistan A||Sharjah||8 Oct 2015||Other|
|1/24||England XI||v Pakistan A||Sharjah||5 Oct 2015||Other|
|13, 1/25||England||v Australia||Manchester||13 Sep 2015||ODI # 3684|
|0/65||England||v Australia||Leeds||11 Sep 2015||ODI # 3683|
|1/72, 10*||England||v Australia||Southampton||3 Sep 2015||ODI # 3680|
|1/59, 24, 6||England||v Australia||The Oval||20 Aug 2015||Test # 2178|
|1/13, 28, 3/69||England||v Australia||Nottingham||6 Aug 2015||Test # 2175|
|1/92, 4, 0/39, 2*||England||v Australia||Lord's||16 Jul 2015||Test # 2171|
Mark Wood does not fit the proptype of a modern England bowler. He is skinny, barely 6ft tall and does not gain excessive bounce but after catching the eye with Durham and the Lions, Wood 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. And that is without mentioning his imaginary horse.
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, which would have been the headline performance of the match had Graham Onions not taken 9 for 67 in the first innings.
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 an 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 due to a sore ankle. 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.
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.