Birmingham - Pakistan's batsmen can expect
Mark Wood to cause a "lot of problems with the white ball" when they
face the England fast bowler during the upcoming one-day international series.
The warning has come from Paul Collingwood,
Wood's captain at north-east county Durham.
Wood, 26, has been troubled by persistent
ankle injuries and hasn't played for England since a Test match against
Pakistan in Dubai last October.
However, he has been included in England's
squad for a five-match ODI series against Pakistan starting in Southampton on
Wood showed just how good a bowler he can
be with a brilliant spell of four for 25 in his maximum four overs during
Durham's seven-run Twenty20 Blast semi-final win over Yorkshire at Edgbaston on
Wood took two wickets for no runs in three
balls to dismiss current England batsmen Jonny Bairstow and Gary Ballance
before accounting for Liam Plunkett and Tim Bresnan.
He bowled Bairstow (three) with a near
yorker-length delivery and dismissed Ballance for a duck when the left-hander's
glance was brilliantly caught at leg gully by diving former England all-rounder
Meanwhile Wood, who topped speeds of 90mph
and moved the ball in the air and off the seam, made life so difficult for Joe
Root, one of the world's best batsmen, that the England star said: "He
made me look as if I was batting with my hands and feet on backwards."
Wood was unable to repeat his heroics in
the final, taking one for 25 as Durham - who managed a modest total of 153 for
eight - suffered a four-wicket defeat by Northamptonshire.
But former England all-rounder Collingwood
was in no doubt of Wood's Twenty20 quality.
"He's ideal for this form of the game
because he knows he's only got four overs to bowl and he's going to try to bowl
every single one at full tilt," Collingwood told reporters after the
"He's not worried about second or
third spells. He's a genuine wicket-taker and in the current game of T20
cricket, where guys give themselves a base and want to hit out, it certainly
gives you another thing to think about when you can get hit on the head at real
"That's why he takes his wickets. He
got good quality international batsmen out today (Saturday) with pure pace.
He's a great man to have in a T20 side."
And Collingwood was confident Ashes-winner
Wood's fitness would hold up in the longer 50 overs per side ODI format, where
bowlers are permitted a maximum of 10 overs each.
"Certainly in white ball (limited
overs), he's ready because, as I said he doesn't have to come back for second
and third spells," Collingwood added.
"He bowled 20-odd overs against
Middlesex last week in a four-day (first-class, County Championship) game and
obviously his body is still getting used to those sort of spells, but he is
going to cause a lot of problems with the white ball, that's for sure."
Saturday's final saw Wood strike with his
first ball to dismiss Adam Rossington, but he could no nothing as
man-of-the-match Josh Cobb (80) and Northamptonshire captain Alex Wakely (43)
took care to see him off in a key partnership of 120.
"He's quick," said Wakely.
"He bowled some quick balls out there - he's going to get back in that
England team before long.
"We said 'it doesn't matter if (his
overs) goes for two or three (runs), just get through it and we can capitalise
on the other bowlers."