Luke Wood, who made his debut for England in the 1st ODI versus Australia, is hungry for more success for the three lions. Wood, who was part of the reserves of the English team, feels like a much-improved player after the conclusion of the T20 World Cup. He didn’t get to play a game in the tournament.
He made his debut earlier this year in the shortest format against Pakistan after rising through the domestic circuit. After the left-handed pacer, Reece Topley was ruled out of the tournament, he was called as a reserve into the list of reserves. Tymal Mills had replaced Topley in the squad.
He feels much better as a cricketer after spending time with the world cup winning team. Wood, in his first outing in ODI, went wicketless. After the first ODI, he said:
“Seeing the lads go out in the World Cup final, I don’t necessarily think I needed much more appetite for it, but any chance you get to be around it definitely gives you a big appetite for it. That’s what you dream about as a kid: going to a World Cup. I know I didn’t have a playing role, but being around that whole stage and being involved with the lads was brilliant. I feel already like I’ve improved as I’m going along. Being involved in this sort of environment, the longer you’re in it, it’s bound to make you a better player.”
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) September 20, 2022
“I wasn’t really expecting it” – Luke Wood
Wood was part of the reserves along with Liam Dawson and Richard Gleeson. After the finals, even the reserves were given medals.
“I wasn’t really expecting it. I didn’t really think the reserves would get a medal but we did. We got a picture we all signed and I got my shirt signed. They’re quite nice mementos for it all.”
The Melbourne Stars have also drafted him for the upcoming edition of the BBL.