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T20 World Cup: England’s Mark Wood struggles to be fit for final against Pakistan

Wood required two elbow surgeries over the summer
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English bowler Mark Wood is struggling to get fit for Sunday’s T20 World Cup final against Pakistan in Melbourne.

Wood, 32, missed Thursday’s semi-final win over India with a right hip injury.

He has been the fastest bowler in the tournament and took nine wickets in four group stage matches as a crucial part of England’s attack.

“I did my best to make the last game but I couldn’t bowl with the intensity and speed required to play for England,” said Wood.

speaking in the The BBC’s Good Pace for Radio podcastHe added: “I couldn’t move my hip. Hopefully, if I have to, I can try to get it right for this game, I don’t know if I’ll be able to do it.”

“The team did very well last game. If the captain desperately needs me and I’m fit enough, I’ll put my name in the hat like everyone else.”

Wood, who bowled the fastest pitch in the tournament, at 96.15mph against New Zealand, also broke the record for the fastest spell in cue-ball cricket, averaging 92.6mph in his four overs against Afghanistan. .

Batsman Dawid Malan, who missed the 10-wicket win over India with a groin injury, is also understood to be unlikely to be fit.

On Friday, England manager Matthew Mott told the BBC there “isn’t much time for them” but added “I’d like to hold out a little bit of hope.”

“Everything would have to go smoothly for them to be available right now,” Mott added.

“Sometimes you play when you don’t have that depth, but when you have guys who are able to find a way and play a role, I think it makes the decision a lot easier.”

Wood, who missed the entire summer with an elbow injury, also took six wickets in two matches as England won an away series against Pakistan 4-3 in September and October.

His injury is also a cause for concern given that he is a member of England’s trial squad for the series in Pakistan, which begins on December 1.

His ability to bowl at high speed is considered vital, given Pakistan’s slow and low surfaces.

England bowler and co-host Tymal Mills revealed on the podcast that the pair had to complete a 300-metre drive to breakfast from their team hotel in Adelaide on an electric scooter, because Wood was having trouble walking.

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