England tried ‘too hard’ to prove they can bowl well without Anderson and Broad, insists Wood


England tried ‘too hard’ to prove they can bowl well without Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad, claims Mark Wood… but fast bowler praises tourists’ ‘character’ to fight back after poor start with the ball

  • England were largely flat and lifeless with the ball on day two of the first Test 
  • West Indies recovered from losing four wickets for 44 to reach 202 for four
  • Mark Wood said it was ‘weird’ to play without James Anderson and Stuart Broad 

Mark Wood believes England’s bowlers tried too hard to make up for the absence of Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad on a chastening first day in the field without the big two.

England were largely flat and lifeless with the ball on day two of the first Test as West Indies recovered from losing four wickets for 44 in the middle session to reach 202 for four by the close, a deficit of 109.

And Wood, the exception in an otherwise listless attack, admitted the controversial decision to leave Broad and Anderson at home is still weighing on England’s minds.

Mark Wood believes England’s bowlers tried too hard to make up for the absence of Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad

Wood admitted it was strange to take the field without both their legends Anderson and Broad

Wood admitted it was strange to take the field without both their legends Anderson and Broad

‘They will obviously be talked about because they’re legends but we just have to admit we didn’t get it right to start with today,’ said Wood. 

‘Maybe we tried a bit too hard to prove we can do it as a group without Anderson and Broad but the way we came back in the middle session showed our character.’

Wood admitted it was strange to take the field without both their legends. ‘Of course it’s weird because they’ve been there every time,’ he added. 

‘But we don’t want to compare ourselves to them. They’re high quality players but we have to bring the best we can do. 

‘Unfortunately we weren’t at our best to start with today and next time we’ve got to make sure we’re on it.’

Wood was the exception in an otherwise listless England attack on day two of the first Test

Wood was the exception in an otherwise listless England attack on day two of the first Test

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