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England look towards Wood as Pakistan likely to be tested with short pitched bowling
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

England look towards Wood as Pakistan likely to be tested with short pitched bowling

England are expected to include paceman Mark Wood when they face Pakistan at Trent Bridge on Monday.

The ground is renowned for high scores, with England having twice set the world record for the highest score in a one-day international – 444 for three against Pakistan in 2016 and 481 for six against Australia last year.

The same pitch is likely to be used for Monday's contest at Trent Bridge.

Pakistan batsmen didn’t have a great outing in their tournament opener as they were rattled by short pitched bowling from the West Indies that dismissed them on 105.

England, who started their World Cup campaign with a comprehensive 104-run win over South Africa, are expected to unleash Jofra Archer and Mark Wood in the light of Pakistan’s issues against fast, short pitched bowling.

‘Roughed Pakistan up’

"We're aware of what went on yesterday," England assistant coach Graham Thorpe said. "It was interesting viewing. 

"The West Indies bowled very well, they looked like they roughed Pakistan up," the former Surrey batsman added.

"I think it (drafting Wood) will be discussed, to be honest.

Wood hasn’t had much overs under his belt since the start of the season following his ankle issues that could flare up again.  

But his ability to bowl at 90 mph meant England thought he was worth unleashing at the World Cup.

England have propelled to the top of ODI rankings since their horrible campaign in the last World Cup.

Their ability to score runs at brisk pace has been the cornerstone of their success in the last couple of years.

But they showed signs of adapting to a tricky surface at the Oval with a score of 311 for eight against South Africa.  

‘Looking forward to a big score’ – Thorpe

"It has generally always been a good pitch so we are looking forward to it," said Thorpe of Trent Bridge wicket.

"We didn't quite unlock the door in terms of our batting at the Oval, being able to let go because we kept losing wickets at crucial times so we had to keep trying to put on those mini-partnerships again and that was really good.

"It's the same thing coming here against Pakistan: if we get into a good position, we'll try to score as many as we can. But at the same time if it doesn't happen, you've got to put a competitive score on the board to put the opposition under pressure."

Pakistan, who haven’t won their last 11 ODIs are ready for short-pitched stuff with Wahab Riaz insisting: "If people want to bowl us bouncers, then we will have no problems with that."