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Mark Wood bowls up a storm to rock West Indies with maiden five-for | Ali Martin | Sport

Mark Wood, from childhood days spent charging in from the conifers at the back of his garden, trying to clonk his father, Derek, on the head, through to the present, has only ever wanted to bowl as fast as he possibly can and play Test cricket for England.A rebellious left ankle that has led to him going under the knife multiple times might have led others to veer away from one or both of these ambitions, either by dialling down on pace or specialising in short-form cricket in a bid to have a career of sorts. But Wood has always stayed true to his goals. And on a sun-soaked second afternoon in St Lucia this persistence culminated in one of the most popular members of the England team bowling the 90mph-plus speeds one would expect to emanate from the hand of a West Indian, but instead sent five of their batsmen back to the pavilion dazed. Read more When the 29-year-old detonated the stumps of the No 11, Shannon Gabriel, to bowl the home side out for 154, he wheeled away arms outstretched, drinking in every moment of a maiden Test five-wicket haul. For a bowler who got his chance here only after Olly Stone was crocked at the start of the tour, and has played just 13 Tests out of a possible 55 since his debut in 2015, this was the ultimate.“There have been some horrible dark days with injury and things, with confidence and self-belief,” Wood said. “I thought in my mind I was an England player but I hadn’t shown it. But today I feel like I have. The feeling of five was brilliant. The lads knew what it meant to me and I was emotional in the dressing room. It was a relief and I am so happy.”Wood’s figures of five for 41 from 8.2 overs were not simply reward for those weeks and months battling back from injury but also a pay-off for having the bravery to ditch a short, sprinter-style run-up and replace it with a smooth, extended gallop to the crease.This tinkering last year might have affected his pace but little of this slight right-armer’s natural explosion at the crease has been lost. This was reported back from the coaches on the England Lions tour to the UAE before Christmas but, until he stepped back into the international arena, nothing was guaranteed.What can now be said with certainty is that Wood, when fully fit, firing...

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