“Winning the Toss is not Crucial for T20 Success”, says Mark Wood! Read more

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England’s fast bowler Mark Wood has a different view about winning the toss! England’s fast bowler Mark Wood feels that winning the toss is not the deciding factor in the T20 Cricket.

England is currently leading the five match T20I series with a 2-1 lead after sealing a massive eight wicket win in the 3rd T20I on Tuesday. As far as the ongoing T20Is are concerned, each team that has won the toss has chosen to bat second & won the match. The dew factor is a big concern for both the teams as in evening dew becomes heavier which makes bowling difficult doe both the teams. Eoin Morgan & Virat Kohli both expressed their disappointment when they didn’t get the chance to bowl first.

But Mark Wood has a different perspective about winning toss & thereby matches. “I think the toss has been made a bigger issue than what it actually is,” Mark Wood said.

“Our focus has not been on the toss – it’s been solely on performances.”

“If either team has to bat first, they both still think they can win. I don’t think there’s a huge disadvantage.

“It’s not seen as a huge disadvantage, it’s just both teams prefer to chase because you know exactly what you need to go for and have seen how the pitch is playing. It’s been made a bigger deal than it needs to be in the Twenty20s,” he added.

Mark Wood said that England & India both are World’s best T20I teams & both the teams have their batting lineups set up to chase a total. England can clinch the T20I series by just winning the fourth T20I which is slated to be played on 18th March, Tuesday.

“It can give us huge confidence going into the English summer and the World Cup being here,” Mark said. Mark wood further said that he is using the England’s tour of India to learn more about Indian conditions which will help him to perform more efficiently in the World Cup which will be played in India in the month of October.

“I’m watching their bowlers. I played with Shardul Thakur at Chennai and he’s got a new slower ball,” said Wood.

“I’m looking at that and how well that’s worked – is that something I could try and adapt to my game”, added Mark Wood.

“There are always things to improve on, these are the conditions we’re going to come up against in the World Cup so it’s about trying to get the right skills in place to adapt on any given surface,” Mark Wood signed off.


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