EbeneInfo – AU – Mark Wood travels to Cape Town as the winner of England’s undervalued game

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Old quick pitcher mentor Steve Harmison thinks the ECB made a « huge mistake » on the white ball contract decision

South Africa and England lock the horns under Table Mountain on Friday in the first of six fast-firing white ball internationals in Cape Town and Paarl that offer the prospect of seductive fast bowling from two sides

Tourists include Jofra Archer, Mark Wood and Olly Stone, while Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje line up for the hosts As Archer, who was named Most Valuable Player, both Proteas have enjoyed eye-catching campaigns in Indian Premier League thanks to wickets and rhythm

« I was on our IPL show on Monday and the names of Rabada and Nortje kept coming up week after week, » says Steve Harmison, the former England spearhead and now a member of the TalkSport team who owns exclusive radio rights for the tour

« It didn’t surprise me at all that their team, Delhi Capitals, made the final People say Twenty20 is a batsman’s game and yes a lot is going in their favor But a pick-up of the pace can be winner I really think these two upcoming white ball sets will come down to who has the best fast bowlers in the show « 

The seasoned Rabada was the IPL’s main box office taker with 30 kills, his silky smooth action reaching 93 mph (150 km / h) Nortje, the low-key Eastern Cape right-hand man, continued his ascent with 22 scalps, more than a third of the tournament’s 100 fastest deliveries and a top speed of 97 mph (15,622 km / h)

But in a discussion to preview the upcoming tour, Harmison is equally effusive about England’s resources, describing Archer, Wood and Stone as the most exciting trio of real quicks since starring Andrew Flintoff, Simon Jones and himself lined up for the ashes 2005

The 42-year-old purrs about Archer ahead of his appearance in the Twenty20 stage of the tour and points out that patience is still needed in the test arena “I have been labeled as a bowler who has had good days and bad, « says Harmison » But it’s not an exact science, we are not robots And the pressure of international cricket is the greatest « 

He also thinks Stone replacing Archer for the one-day internationals that follow, and the larger allowance of 10 overs per set, is perfect for a bowler looking to build up his fitness and strength after a series of injury problems

But it’s over Wood that Harmison has a problem, primarily the England and Wales Cricket Board’s decision to simply award him a white ball contract while repeatedly citing the 30-year-old’s pivotal role in overseas testing plans, including next winter’s Ashes offer “I thought it was pretty disrespectful to Mark,” says Harmison “For my money, England’s leadership is as good as ‘it was with Ashley Giles, Chris Silverwood and others But on this one I think they made a huge mistake « 

Harmison is open to the fact that he’s fighting for a friend here He’s been like Wood’s big brother over the years and an inspiration too when as a youngster Wood stood in the Ashington CC lodge and was watching a fast bowling mate from the club on television who was tasked with bowling during that memorable summer 15 years ago

« Looks like the decision was a case of, ‘Woody is a big boy, he won’t make a fuss,’ Harmison continues. » I understand that in financially difficult times the ECB has to cut its fabric accordingly, but still not suitable for me Perhaps without the pandemic over the summer, and with rooms full for test matches, Jimmy Anderson heads to the Oval and says ‘thank you very much’ and gets into the comment box full time

« But he didn’t, and because he was playing very well he felt he could go on for another year I don’t blame him at all, I would do the same But I ask if that meant something to give in terms of contracts and something was Mark Wood

« They said it was due to the test matches played, but in their last three away games England have won all three and they’ve won a lot of wickets [18-14 points each] Dukes ball at home, no doubt it’s still about Anderson and Stuart Broad But England are trying to win India and Australia in the next 12 months and she will ask a guy she didn’t deem worthy of a contract to get there »

Harmison shares a widespread concern that Wood, whose push for the upper end of the Speed ​​Cannon puts pressure on a fragile body, will now feel compelled to show up for the next IPL in a year that is already breaking out. at the seams when it comes to international cricket He says: « You don’t get these X factor bowlers too often and when you do you have to protect them If an IPL contract came up now, as a close confidant I would tell him to sign it He has a young family and your time as an athlete is short

« If England is desperate for him not to go, they have to find that money somewhere. He’s not the kind of guy who offers this to them, but I know I would and I suspect that [ TalkSport colleague] Darren Gough would too « 

Harmison expects a response from Wood in the upcoming series anyway, citing his own central contract in 2003-04 as a similar inspiration, and it could be the South African drummers wearing it. the beauty of this short, sharp tour is that the hosts have the bowlers to throw back fire Protea too

To follow the action from South Africa, download the talkSPORT app, re-tune your DAB radio, listen on talkSPORTcom, or tell your smart speaker to ‘play talkSPORT 2’

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EbeneInfo – AU – Mark Wood visits Cape Town as that winner of the undervalued England match

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/nov/22/cricket-mark-wood-england-ecb-steve-harmison

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