HHello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s live coverage of day one of the fifth and final Ashes Test between England and Australia in Hobart.
It was an unknown sensation at Hobart’s Bellerive Oval as Englishman Mark Wood spoke to the media on the eve of the final ash test (writes Isabelle Westbury). Unknown because this is both the venue’s first Ashes match and his first Test with a pink ball. And while playing Test Cricket for your country will be on the minds of players first and foremost, even though the series is long gone, there is also a lot to look forward to.
Like this year’s Indian Premier League. Wood, who regularly hits bowling speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour, is a lucrative commodity on the white ball circuit, just as he spearheads the red ball attack in England. And with Mitchell Starc, who has a prolific day-night cricket record already suggesting that the pink ball closely mirrors the effect of the white ball, if Wood can make a good throw in Hobart, the English paceman could see his stock increase. quickly. .
“I am [entering the IPL auction] per minute, ”Wood confirmed, before the final test. The deadline for players to register for the auction is the end of this week, with the IPL scheduled to take place in April and May.
“If I look towards the World Cup and I can learn something in the IPL, if I can put myself in some pressure situations and try to improve for the end of the year, that will be good.”
“I pulled out just before,” said Wood, of his decision not to compete in last year’s IPL. “I was buzzing and moaning, but I felt it with a long moment of absence …
“From a financial standpoint, it’s great to come in. But in fact the reason why I would like to enter [this year’s IPL auction] is cricket reasons because of what’s going to happen with England. I just felt that the reason I would have gone there last year was purely financial and that the time I would miss with my son, I would never get it back.