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Wood wants to 'ruffle a few feathers' alongside Jofra Archer
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Wood wants to 'ruffle a few feathers' alongside Jofra Archer

Mark Wood wants to "ruffle a few feathers" alongside fellow paceman Jofra Archer in what promises to be an exciting England new-ball partnership.

England can bag the ongoing series over Pakistan at Trent Bridge, as a victory in the fourth one-day international would see them go 3-0 up in a five-match series.

The contest in Nottingham is set to see 29-year-old Durham quick Wood make his first appearance of the season for England following his longstanding ankle problem.

Wood clocked speeds of 95 mph in the Caribbean earlier this year, and Barbados-born Archer has consistently touched the 90 mph mark since making his international debut earlier this month.

Now the pair are set to take the field together for the first time, with Wood saying on Thursday: "It'll be good to have two pace lads in at the same time and see if we can really ruffle a few feathers."

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While the amount of effort Wood puts into his delivery stride is obvious, Archer is blessed with a smooth action that sees him capable of express pace without a lot of fuss.

"He's just so natural the way he runs in, just lets it fly. I couldn't believe how far Jos (Buttler, wicket-keeper) was stood back to him at The Oval," said Wood.

"I have to put every ounce of effort I've got to bowl fast and he seems to do it easily, which is a bit frustrating.

"It's going to be exciting when I get a go at the other end, they'll probably think I'm bowling 70 mph or something."

Bairstow to be rested

England are set to make more changes in Nottingham, with Jonny Bairstow -- fresh from his swashbuckling hundred at Bristol is set to be rested.

Chris Woakes, who took four wickets on Wednesday, is also set to be rested with fellow paceman Liam Plunkett.

Batsman James Vince might get a shot to press his case for a place in England's final World Cup squad, as could all-rounder Joe Denly.

England will be forced to make a change after skipper Eoin Morgan was handed a one-match suspension for the team's slow over-rate in Bristol.

Buttler, England's official vice-captain, is set to deputise as skipper.

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"Obviously, Eoin's the leader on the field and the main guy in the dressing room," said Wood. "It's a big loss because he's our captain, our leader, but I'm sure Jos can do just as well.

"Jos still has a wealth of experience so it's great to have him. The only difference is rather than the captain coming up to you from extra cover, the wicket-keeper will be running all the way down the wicket and back so we'll have to watch that over rate again."

England set the highest total in one-day international history of 481 for six against Australia last year at Nottingham, having set the previous record of 444 for three against Pakistan at the same venue back in 2016.

There has been speculation the upcoming World Cup could see teams scoring 500 runs in an innings -- a total that would have once been considered unthinkable in 50 overs.

"I think the England team have set a standard. I truly think we believe 500 is gettable one day," said Wood, before adding a touch ruefully: "The scores of 400 just seem almost normal, it's 300 plus every game, 350... who'd want to be a bowler, aye?"