In a sensational comeback, Mark Wood showcased his blistering pace, leaving a mark on the Third Test of the Ashes series. After being sidelined for the first two matches due to fitness concerns, Wood wasted no time displaying his value in the England team.

Entering the attack in the seventh over, Wood exhibited his sheer pace from the get-go, effortlessly hitting the 90mph mark and even reaching a mind-boggling top speed of 96.5mph (155.3kph) in his second over. 

His initial three overs to Marnus Labuschagne were all relentless maidens, creating immense pressure on the Australian batter.

However, it was when Usman Khawaja took strike that Wood struck gold, shattering the left-hander’s leg-stump with a searing 94.6mph delivery.

Wood’s opening spell of 4-3-2-1 not only displayed his ability to take wickets but also etched his name in the record books. It marked the second-fastest spell recorded in Test cricket on English soil since 2006 when data collection began. 

Remarkably, Wood’s average speed throughout the spell stood at an astonishing 92.9mph, falling just short of his personal best at Lord’s in 2021, where he averaged 93.4mph.

As the contest intensifies, all eyes will be on Mark Wood, eagerly anticipating his next fiery onslaught.

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Last Updated on July 6, 2023

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