‘I feel already like I’ve improved’- Luke Wood relishing playing for England after T20 World Cup triumph

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England’s left-arm pacer Luke Wood is hungry for more success after being part of his country’s triumphant T20 World Cup campaign in Australia. Even though the 27-year-old did not feature in any of England’s matches, he feels like a much-improved player after the conclusion of the tournament.

Luke Wood made his international debut earlier this year in the shorter formats of the game after rising through the ranks in the domestic circuit. The injury-plagued English pace attack has also afforded opportunities to young and upcoming stars in the national squad. Wood was drafted into the reserves after an unfortunate injury to Reece Topley made the management call-up Tymal Mills to the WC squad.

Still, in his nascent career, it was a dream come true moment for the Yorkshire cricketer to be a part of a World Cup-winning squad. He feels like a better player after spending time around world-class players on the national team. He is currently a part of the English team touring Australia for a three-match ODI series.

“Seeing the lads go out in the World Cup final, I don’t necessarily think I needed much more appetite for it but any chance you get to be around it definitely gives you a big appetite for it. That’s what you dream about as a kid: going to a World Cup. I know I didn’t have a playing role, but being around that whole stage and being involved with the lads was brilliant. I feel already like I’ve improved as I’m going along. Being involved in this sort of environment, the longer you’re in it, it’s bound to make you a better player,” Luke Wood said after the first ODI against Australia.

Although the prodigious pacer was not part of the 15-man squad, he alongside fellow back-ups Liam Dawson and Richard Gleeson, were awarded winners’ medals after the final.

“I wasn’t really expecting it. I didn’t really think the reserves would get a medal but we did. We got a picture we all signed and I got my shirt signed. They’re quite nice mementos for it all,” he added. 

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