Injured England fast bowler Mark Wood has revealed that his fitness was only “60%” and he “shouldn’t have played” for Durham against Surrey in September, writes Andrew McDonnell.
The Ashington-born paceman was “desperate” to keep Durham in the top-flight – and helped achieve that, only for the club’s financial rescue package from the ECB coming at a cost of a points deduction resulting in relegation.
Wood didn’t travel with the England side for their current tour of Bangladesh after he was found to have fractured a bone in his ankle during Durham’s survival bid.
But while he has been widely ruled out of the whole of England’s winter tour, he is holding out hope that he might yet be fit in time to play in the one-day series against India.
“For me, the most frustrating thing is I was at 60% against Surrey, but I was desperate to play to keep us up and we’ve been relegated anyway,” Wood told All Out Cricket magazine.
“I probably shouldn’t have played. It made it worse. I had an injection after the game, knowing that at the time I thought Durham were safe, but the injection didn’t work.”
Durham were will start next season in Division Two on -48-points, and paceman Wood thinks the punishment is “a bit harsh” on the players.
“The lads are just gutted because we’re a tight group at Durham, with that identity of being from the North East.
“We’ve never actually been relegated from the County Championship. It’s not the players’ fault that things behind the scenes haven’t been right, so it’s a bit harsh on the players.
“We’ve got to get up, get some North East passion, rally and go again. I still think there will be some questions.
“That initial shock’s gone now. There’s no point in being bitter or sour, we’ve just got to get on with it and go again.
“My Twitter went mad, with the supporters. It’s more them I feel sorry for – with the players, at least we can affect it, we can try to win games and get back, for the supporters it’s taken the wind out of their sails a little bit, deflated them a little bit.”