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Mark Wood targets Ashes spot despite lingering injury

Mark Wood hopes he can recover from his injury in time to make a late appearance in the upcoming Ashes series against Australia.

Wood suffered a side strain in England's dramatic World Cup final win over New Zealand, rendering him out of cricket action for up to six weeks.

As a consequence of his lingering injury woes, Wood was left out of the England squad for the Ireland Test while he would also not be participating in the first game of the Ashes at Edgbaston on August 1.

The Durham paceman is, nevertheless, optimistic about his chances of regaining full fitness and playing the last two matches of the five Tests scheduled between cricket's oldest rivals.

"I might make the last couple (of Tests). It all depends on selection," Wood told BBC 5 Live's Sportsweek.

"Hopefully the injury will have healed by then and I'll be back with the speed and will have played a few games for Durham.

"My side injury is four to six weeks, so hopefully I'll still play a part towards the end of the season, but if not it's been a fantastic summer so far for English cricket.

"There's still plenty more to go and hopefully for me there's still a bit more cricket to play."

'World Cup victory still gives me goosebumps'

Wood was one of England's key pacers during this triumphant World Cup campaign, playing an important part in rattling the opposing batsmen with his express bowling speed.

Although injury troubles kept resurfacing in the tournament, Wood claimed to brush aside the worries and put in the requisite effort to lead his side over the line.

"To be honest, it's so hard to believe," he added.

"You'd think by now it would have sunk in but to be world champions, it still gives me goosebumps listening back to it and watching it.

"I'm still feeling on top of the world. I know I might have an injury, but I didn't look past the World Cup initially.

"I know the Ashes is round the corner but I'm over the moon that I've got the dream of the World Cup."