Mark Wood could return in third Test

first_imgMark Wood can provide the X Factor England need to beat South Africa in the third Test in Port Elizabeth, says assistant coach Paul Collingwood.James Anderson has been ruled out with a broken rib and Jofra Archer missed the second Test with an elbow injury.That leaves a potentially sizeable hole in the England attack with the series poised at 1-1.“Mark’s ready to come in and do a job,” said Collingwood.“You need those types of bowlers, especially on surfaces at Port Elizabeth where you might need a touch of X Factor; a 90mph-plus bowler that can get the batsmen jumping around.“Mark’s certainly the kind of guy who can do that, along with Jofra.”Wood, 30, has not played Test cricket for England since February 2019, when he produced career-best figures of 5-41 to clinch a 232-run victory against West Indies in St Lucia.He went on to play an integral part in England’s World Cup victory, but has not bowled in a competitive match since picking up a side strain in the final.Collingwood acknowledges the lack of match practice is far from ideal, but says he has seen enough from his former Durham team-mate in the nets to believe he is ready to re-enter the Test arena.“Ideally, you would like to have him playing cricket somewhere but with the international schedule the way it is that’s just not a viable option,” he said.“So from a coach’s point of view you have got to make sure they have got the overs under their belt and their workloads up. He looks really good in the nets.”England will recall at least one, possibly two, bowlers for Thursday’s third Test with Wood, Archer, Chris Woakes and Craig Overton all in contention, depending on whether they retain spinner Dom Bess in the starting XI.They will return to a team which bowled out South Africa twice to level the series in their last outing in Cape Town.“Cape Town was exceptional,” said Collingwood. “I thought our first-innings bowling performance was one of the best I have seen for many years and that’s kind of the blueprint for the future with the Kookaburra ball.”England will be led by Joe Root in the third Test of four, after the captain recovered from illness which saw him miss training earlier in the week.“It’s good to see him back,” added Collingwood. “He’s got a smile on his face and we’ve just got to make sure he doesn’t pass it on to anyone else.“He shouldn’t now, so all good on that front.”(BBC Sport)last_img read more

SBOBET and Borussia Dortmund deal “a huge step” for Asian fans

first_img UKGC data reveals ‘notable recovery’ for sports betting July 6, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share StumbleUpon MySportwetten: What German players want from a bookmaker July 10, 2020 SBOBET has agreed to become Borussia Dortmund’s official betting partner in Asia, a deal described by the Head of the Ruhr giants’ Asia office as “a huge step” that will help the club get “even closer” to its Asian fans. In a landmark deal, the Celton Manx-operated SBOBET and BVB‘s partnership will kickoff at the start of the 2018-19 Bundesliga season.The agreement will see SBOBET promoted across BVB‘s various advertising channels.SBOBET, for its part, will align itself with the club to offer exclusive promotions and activities in Asia, allowing its fans in the continent to get a more intimate BVB football experience.SBOBET will also support the Black and Yellows with their global profile and social initiatives in the region.Borussia Dortmund’s Suresh Letchmanan, Head of BVB‘s Asia office, highlighted the importance of the partnership for the club, especially in their quest to further tap the ever-growing Asian region.“This partnership is a huge step for Borussia Dortmund to get even closer to our Asian fans. Our supporters from Asia have always sought new and exciting opportunities to engage with the club, and we believe SBOBET is the ideal partner to spread the BVB brand of football in the region,” Letchmanan said.“SBOBET’s trustworthy reputation and strong presence in the Asian market also bodes well for our concentrated efforts to get the Borussia Dortmund name to the minds of passionate Asian football fans as their first-choice club to support in Europe.”Meanwhile, Celton Manx Executive Director Bill Mummery expressed his excitement with the partnership and pointed out his hopes for a mutually successful relationship with the German team.“The Bundesliga continues to rise in Asia and we are delighted to have one of its best teams, Borussia Dortmund, as our partner. They have an amazing fan base, not only in Europe but all over the globe,” Mummery added.“We admire Dortmund’s rich history and what they have built throughout the years, establishing themselves as regular fixtures in Europe’s top competitions. And while we are delighted to have Dortmund grow with us in Asia, we are more excited for our Asian fans and what this partnership will bring them in the near future.” Leeds United nets record breaking SBOTOP sponsorship for EPL comeback August 11, 2020 Sharelast_img read more