The legendary cricketing duo of Englishmen Mark Wood and Dawid Malan are facing an uphill battle to make it into the starting line up for the ICC T20
The legendary cricketing duo of Englishmen Mark Wood and Dawid Malan are facing an uphill battle to make it into the starting line up for the ICC T20 World Cup final on June 6.
Having put up impressive performances in the two-part T20 series against India, the two players have made a strong case for selection but have found themselves competing for a single spot in the playing XI for the World Cup game.
Wood, who spearheads England’s formidable pace attack, has had an impressive start to the tournament, claiming 8 wickets at an average of 10.7 runs per over. This was made all the more impressive when considering the powerful nature of the Indian batting line up.
Malan, on the other hand, was in blistering form in the same series, smashing 41 runs off 22 balls to lead England to victory in the second match.
However, it is worth noting that the competition for a place in England’s final XI is stiff, and with Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, and Jos Buttler all pushing for their own spots in the team, it is not yet certain who will make the cut.
As such, both Wood and Malan are ‘definitely struggling’ to find a place in the team in what could prove to be England’s biggest showdown in years. Time will tell how this story unravels, but one thing is for sure: the future is looking bright for Wood and Malan, regardless of the outcome.
Mark Wood and Dawid Malan definitely Struggling for T20 World Cup Final
With just days left before the T20 World Cup gets underway, England’s star players, Mark Wood and Dawid Malan are both in doubt for the tournament’s final.
Wood and Malan are both mainstays of the England team and have played vital roles in recent successes. However, both players have been troubled by injury and illness over the past few weeks and remain a doubt for the all-important finale.
Mark Wood’s Injury
Wood has been suffering from an Achilles injury since the start of the summer. He was able to play a part in England’s Test series against Pakistan and West Indies, but has since been sidelined due to the issue. It is unclear whether he will be able to recover in time for the World Cup final.
Dawid Malan’s Illness
Malan has been set back by a stomach virus which has kept him out of training for the past few weeks. Although he has been able to take part in net sessions alongside the rest of the England squad, it is still uncertain whether he will be fit enough for the final.
England still have options if Wood and Malan are unable to participate. Moeen Ali is set to return from a thumb injury and is likely to be available for selection. Other options include Sam Curran, Jason Roy and Joe Root.
At this stage, Wood and Malan remain a doubt for the T20 World Cup Final. However, England have enough experience and depth within their squad to cope if the pair are unable to take part.