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Wood: sign me up!

1 June 2015

England bowler could have chosen a different path

Cricket star Mark Wood’s life could have been very different if he had accepted an offer from Newcastle United, but the England bowler has left the door open for his beloved Dons to sign him up!

  we featured on Friday, has shown that he is one of England’s brightest bowling talents in the second test against New Zealand.interviewThe 25-year-old, who spoke of his love for AFC Wimbledon in an 

Wood’s rise to the international ranks after impressive county displays for Durham vindicated his decision to choose cricket over football as a teenager, but he could be tempted into a change of heart if his childhood hero Neal Ardley needs him!

“I used to be on Newcastle United’s books, but they let me go when I was 10 or 11 because they said I was too small,” Mark told the official website. “At the age of 14 they asked me to come back, but it was too late as I was concentrating on my cricket by then. But if Wimbledon are looking for a central midfielder I’m your man! The last time I played though was in Steve Harmison’s benefit game nearly two years ago so I am a little bit rusty!”

Wood added that he would love to come to an AFC Wimbledon home match next season, depending upon his other commitments, and hopefully by then he will have won the Ashes with England.

“Every team evolves and this current team has a few new players,” Mark said. “It is an exciting team and more experienced players like Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad are still doing brilliantly. I think we have a nice balance to the team, but we have to keep working to get results.

“This test (against New Zealand) is a big one for me personally with the Ashes coming up. I have learned from the first test. I think I was trying too hard and playing to the occasion. This time I have been trying to concentrate on my battles with the batsmen. I want to book my spot for the Ashes, but I cannot take it for granted and I must work hard for it.”

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