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Mark Wood shows no remorse over bouncer tactics
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Mark Wood shows no remorse over bouncer tactics

England pace bowler Mark Wood said he does not regret about continuing to attack batsmen with a short ball barrage after he struck Afghanistan batsman Hashmatullah Shahidi on the head with a nasty bouncer.

Shahidi was batting on 24 when a 90 mph delivery from Wood smashed into the batsman's helmet causing him to drop down to the ground immediately during the match between Afghanistan and England at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

The impactful blow did not dampen the spirit of Shahidi, who shrugged off medical advice asking him to retire hurt and carried on batting to make a patient 76 in Afghanistan's 150-run defeat.

Wood claimed he was initially worried about Shahidi's condition when he hit the turf but once it was clear he was not hurt, the Durham quick said he had no regrets about persisting with short-pitched deliveries.

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"Well, I was concerned when I first hit him, obviously," said Wood.

"It was a bit of a bad blow and then it's out of my hands really. You have to let the medical staff do their thing. I checked he was all right himself, said 'are you OK?'. Then I was back in the game mode."

"Morgy (England captain Eoin Morgan) wanted me to fire another few down. If that's what the captain wants, you listen to orders," the 29-year-old added.

"Once you know he (the batsman) is all right, it's game time again."

When he was informed he had broken Shahidi's helmet, Wood said: "I'm bowling them quite fast... for a change!"

Wood spoke highly of his fellow bowlers, who built up pressure on the Afghanistan batters especially when they were not looking to play aggressive strokes.

"I thought, collectively, we bowled really well," said Wood. "It was difficult at times because I didn’t feel the Afghanistan batsmen were coming at us and we had to try to mix it up, get them to play a few shots.

"It was nice to try something different and get a few wickets."

'Was astounded by how well Morgan played'

England's thumping win was made possible by a stupendous knock from Morgan, who hit a record 17 sixes during his 71-ball 148 despite suffering lingering effects of a back spasm.

"It was amazing, amazing," said Wood. "I was delighted for him. Coming off his back injury scare and stuff, and not knowing how he would play or feel, I was just astounded by how well he played out there.

"A lot of the bowlers tend to sit in the back of the dressing room and try and relax but even I came out and watched that because it was great to see on such a big occasion."

Wood felt England's dominance in ODI cricket, which has seen them rise to the number one ranking following a group-stage exit in the 2015 World Cup, testifies Morgan's wonderful leadership qualities.

"I know we've played like this for four years now, and there's been some remarkable things," said Wood.

"But to do it in a World Cup game speaks volumes about how Eoin wants the team to play and the values we've kept going throughout those four years."