Wood puts Test place first

09 May 2018 09:53:33 EST

Fast bowler Mark Wood has cut short his time at the IPL in a bid to try and win a place in the England squad for the opening Test match of the summer.

The 28-year-old is in line to feature for Durham in their County Championship Division Two clash with Derbyshire, which starts on Friday, having returned from his time in India, where he played just once for the Chennai Super Kings.

I am coming home to play for Durham to hopefully put my name in the hat for Test selection.

Mark Wood

Wood posted on Instagram: "The decision has been made for me to return home to England to prepare for the English summer.

"Having worked so hard to get back in the test team and because I'm not currently in the CSK side, I am coming home to play for Durham to hopefully put my name in the hat for Test selection."

And Durham head coach Jon Lewis is delighted to have Wood back and eager to prove himself ahead of what could be a busy international programme.

He told the county's official website: "It's a massive boost to have Mark available. On the occasions we've had him available to play for us over the last few years, he's made some great contributions.

"He comes back to us with a big point to prove and is eager to nail down his spot in the England Test side."

Wood has played in 11 Test matches to date, taking 28 wickets at an average of 41.82, with his last outing coming against New Zealand in Christchurch in April.

He has also featured in 26 one-day internationals and four T20 internationals for the Three Lions.

England begin their international summer on Thursday 24th May, when the first Test with Pakistan gets under way at Lord's.

Meanwhile, the Three Lions are 4/5 to win the 2019 Ashes series outright, 9/4 to triumph on home soil in the 2019 World Cup and 5/1 to claim the title at the 2020 ICC World Twenty20.

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