England fast bowler Mark Wood has lengthened his run up in an effort to improve his wicket return. The 28-year-old Durham fast bowler is in the ODI squad who start a five-match series with Sri Lanka on Wednesday, weather permitting, and Wood is looking to change his style to get more wickets.
While admitting Sri Lanka is not the best place in the world to be trying a new technique – it is often a fast bowler’s graveyard – Wood is keen to improve and has been working alongside bowling coach Chris Silverwood to try and improve his figures, and one of the things he has changed is to lengthen his run.
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“Off the short run I was having to force it all the time, that meant I was putting more stress than I needed to on my body and having to ramp it up to get my top speed,” he told talkSPORT.
“I just pushed my run up back a bit and felt I could cruise into it a little bit better, and look for more rhythm rather than being at the top end forcing it all the time. It’s a trial, I can always go back.”