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Need to take early wickets - Mark Wood

Mark Wood (centre) celebrating the wicket of Younis Khan in the second Test in Dubai.
Mark Wood (centre) celebrating the wicket of Younis Khan in the second Test in Dubai.
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England fast bowler Mark Wood opined the bowlers need to take early wickets on day two after Pakistan finished on a strong note at the end of the play on the first day of the second Test in Dubai.

Pakistan scored 282 for four riding on the back of a splendid century from their captain Misbah-ul-Haq and fifties from Younis Khan and Shan Masood.

England were not helped by the fact that they lost the toss on a pitch that did not have much in it for the bowlers on the first day.

Despite taking only four wickets, Wood feels that England have done very well on the Dubai pitch and a few early wickets on the second day will turn the tide in their favour.

“I think the pitch is slightly different," Wood said.

“It is a little bit slower than Abu Dhabi. It sort of skids on a little bit more.

"All in all we can't be too disheartened.

“I think we bowled quite well as a group.

“If we can get a couple of wickets early doors in the morning, hopefully we can knock the tail over.”

Along with Ben Stokes, Wood was able to get the old ball reverse and also managed to find marginal swing with the second new ball.

Wood opted to use the short delivery against Misbah but the Pakistan skipper saw through the tough phases and scored a crucial hundred.

Admitting that he intentionally tried to be aggressive in his approach, Wood credited Misbah for prevailing over him.

“I tried to just be aggressive and offer something different to the attack.

“A couple of times I tried to rough up Misbah but he played really well, so I suppose it is 1-0 to him.

“I have my role in the team, I guess I will try the same again tomorrow.

“The way that they played the short ball on a slow pitch, I thought there might be more in the game here if it skidded on.

“It seems to suit my type of bowling a little bit.

“The ball was reversing at one point as well, which seemed to play in my favour.”

Misbah employed the waiting game against the pace bowlers while looking to be aggressive against the spinners.

Wood is keen to see what kind of strategy Misbah will adopt on the second day if England bring on the spin bowlers early in the session.

“It will be interesting to see how Misbah plays.

“He seemed to have a lot of dot balls against the seamers and then attacked the spinners.

“It will be interesting to see how he plays if we bowl spin early, if he will try and attack again.”

Wood was England’s best bowler on the first day, picking up one wicket for 26 runs from 14 overs, which included six maidens.

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