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Will Mark Wood & Dawid Malan play in the T20 World Cup Final?

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Cricket News: Will Mark Wood & Dawid Malan play in the T20 World Cup Final? Mark Wood & Dawid Malan update


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England batsman Dawid Malan and pacer Mark Wood are considered a good chance to feature in the T20 World Cup Final against Pakistan. Both participated in a nets session and respective fitness tests on the eve of the match, and seemed to get through unscathed according to a report in ESPNcricinfo.

Both players are reportedly in a more comfortable state as compared to post the semi-final. “Malan and Wood are definitely struggling,” England coach Matthew Mott said on Friday. “We’ll keep an open mind. But there’s a short turnaround between games, with a travel day and then straight into it with one training session. There isn’t a lot of time for them.”

Wood & Malan both improving – Jos Buttler

England captain Jos Buttler said both Wood and Malan are improving. He said that they will give them both every chance possible, with a call to be made on gameday. Of course, England will guard against fielding any player who isn’t 100% ready or fit.

“They’re both improving,” said Buttler before Saturday’s training session. “Of course it’s not too many days since not being fit enough for the semi-final, but again, we’ll give them every chance possible.”

With regards to Wood, it was actually a strained hip-flexor muscle that kept him out of England’s huge win over India in the semi-final. He sustained it in the final Super 12 match against Sri Lanka, before feeling more soreness the next day.

Speaking on Good Pace for Radio podcast, Wood said “the next day I’d had time to cool down and the adrenaline had worn off, and I had a bit of a right hip issue. I’ve been for a scan and things and had a look at it and tried my best to make it for the last game but I just couldn’t bowl at the speeds or intensity required to play for England. I just couldn’t get my hip going.”

“Hopefully, if required, I can try and get it right for this game [the final]. I don’t know if I’m going to be able to. The team did really well last game but if the captain desperately needs me and I’m fit enough then I’ll put my name in the hat like everybody else.”

A high chance of rain is forecast on both Sunday and Monday (reserve day). Both England and Pakistan will be hoping for a game, given both sides are full of confidence after great wins in their respective semi-finals.

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Charbel Coorey
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Charbel is the owner & founder of cricblog.net, based in Sydney, Australia. He started the website to fulfill his love for the game of cricket. Charbel has been featured on other publications including OP India, Times of India, and The Roar, among others. He is also a keen fantasy sports player. Charbel has also had the privilege of interviewing cricketers on the CricBlog TV YouTube channel, including James Neesham, Rassie van der Dussen, Andrew Tye, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat and Saurabh Netravalkar: https://www.youtube.com/@cricblogtv For any story tips or questions, you can contact Charbel at charbelcoorey@cricblog.net.

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