MARK WOOD is promising to “ruffle a few feathers” in what could be the biggest short-ball shootout in the World Cup.
Wood and Jofra Archer have been making batsmen dive for cover with 95mph thunderbolts.
And that means England’s next match against the West Indies on Friday could turn into a bumper blitzkrieg, with the Windies’ game also built on speed, aggression and bouncers.
Wood, 29, said: “When real pace bowling is on show, it definitely ruffles a few feathers and can change momentum.
“Opposition batsmen don’t get a break if there’s pace from both ends. There’s no respite.
“We might not even take wickets but it gets wickets for others.
“Moeen Ali says people play him slightly differently because of me and Jofra.
“In the past I was probably the guy England looked to, to produce those speeds. Having Jof there takes a bit of pressure off.”
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Wood bowled at hurricane pace in England’s Test triumph in St Lucia in February and added: “It’s great coming up against West Indies because it’s a team I’ve had success against.
“It’s like a goalscorer playing a team he’s scored against in the past. He looks forward to that match.
“I hope they are worried about facing me and that I can get amongst them again.
“The Windies in this World Cup have a clear game plan and that is a lot of short stuff. It’s good we can fight fire with fire.
“We know what we’re going to get but I thought in the Caribbean they struggled with the short ball.”
Wood reached 95.7mph against Bangladesh while Archer clocked 95.1mph, although his average speed was just higher.
The speed gun figures are helping develop a lively rivalry.
Wood added: “It’s friendly competition — we’re pushing each other to be the best and quickest we can.
“We have banter about it but we’re helping each other.
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“To have two England guys at the top of the speed lists is great. It’s a long time since we’ve had that.
“I’m sure with all his links with Barbados, Jofra will be desperate to prove himself against West Indies.
“Having said that, he’s so cool and laid back he’ll probably treat it as just another match.”