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'Will fight fire with fire' – Wood on pace battle with West Indies
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'Will fight fire with fire' – Wood on pace battle with West Indies

Mark Wood says England will 'fight fire with fire' when they come up against a strong West Indies pace attack.

The two sides will likely test out each other with short ball on Friday as they boast aggressive bowling line-ups.

The West Indies knocked over Pakistan for 105 at Trent Bridge, with Oshane Thomas, Andre Russell and Sheldon Cottrell unleashing fast short pitched balls.

England are all set up for the challenge, boasting the likes of Wood and Jofra Archer who can bowl in excess of 95 mph.

"The Windies in this World Cup have come with a clear game plan and that is a lot of short stuff," Wood said.

"We got a taste of that in the Windies on the recent tour. But I can remember getting Darren Bravo and Hetmyer out to short balls so it is a good thing we can fight fire with fire.

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"It could be like that, just landing blow after blow, back and forth, back and forth. The opposition batsmen don't get a break if there is pace from both ends and it'd be nice if we can continue that trend.

"When real pace bowling is on show it definitely ruffles a few feathers and changes the momentum of the game."

That head-to-head competition between Wood and Archer will continue throughout, with the Durham man not backing down.

"It is a good competition between us, a friendly one," he said.

"To have us both bowling at 94 and 95mph and have two guys from the England team at the top of that list is pretty good.

"It pushes us for sure. You're pushing each other to be the best you can be and to be as quick as you can be. You have banter about it for sure, but you're helping each other.

"I'm trying to bowl 0.1 mph quicker than Jofra and he's trying to bowl 0.1 faster than me."