Mark Wood: “I tried my best to make the last game, but I couldn’t bowl at the intensity and speeds required to play for England.”
Tymal Mills and Mark Woods look back on England’s incredible World Cup semi-final win on the latest episode of Good Pace for Radio, their BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Sounds podcast which will be drops weekly throughout the Men’s T20 World Cup.
Hear them review the tournament so far and discuss Woody’s injury. Good Pace for Radio takes cricket fans inside England’s World Cup Bubble, with Mills and Wood providing incredible behind-the-scenes insight into the camp.
2’00”: Tymal and Woody talk about missing their families. Tymal will eventually meet his new son for the first time when he gets home.
Moeen and Adil Rashid’s children are playing corridor cricket right outside their room. Woody talks about how Adil Rashid’s son scooped his ‘pefect yorker’ in corridor cricket. Tymal reckons both will go on to play professional cricket.
4’00”: They discuss Woody’s injury: “I felt my right hip in the first over against Sri Lanka… managed to get through my overs… been for a scan, tried my best to make the last game, but I couldn’t bowl at the intensity and speeds required to play for England. Hopefully if required I can try and get it right for this game – I don’t know if I’ll be able to. The team did really well last game. If the captain desperately needs me and I’m fit enough then I’ll put my name in the hat like everyone else…” I’m not looking past this…
6’00”: Tymal reveals they had to get e-scooters for a 300m trip down the road because Woody couldn’t walk that far
7’00”: Tymal talks about whether he would have been selected in Woody’s place, trying to impress in the nets, bowling a bit more than he would normally have bowled. He talks about how you can still give to the team when you’re not part of the starting XI.
12’00”: They look back on the semi-final. Woody: “I just did not want it to end… I wished they’d been chasing 240 so I could just keep watching”. They said they’d take 160-odd before the match.
14’00”: They provide an analysis of how England bowled so well – no expensive overs, or back-to-back big overs.
17’00”: They provide an analysis of Chris Jordan’s death bowling.
22’00”: They talk about seeing all the signs from the Indian fans lying on the floor post-match.
24’00”: They discuss how well Alex Hales did having been out of the team for so long.
26’00”: They look ahead to Pakistan in the final.
36’00”: Woody reveals that when the players were having a beer to celebrate post-match, he drank a glass of milk instead.