South Africa defeat a lesson that we've got plenty to work on: Mark Wood

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07 Nov 2021 | 08:46 AM
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South Africa defeat a lesson that we've got plenty to work on: Mark Wood

The England fast bowler came into the side in place of Tymal Mills, who pulled out due to an injury

England fast bowler Mark Wood, who played his first game of the T20 World Cup 2021 against South Africa on Saturday (November 6) said that the defeat helps the team stay grounded further adding that they have got plenty to work on. Wood was roped into the XI as a replacement for the injured Tymal Mills.

Chasing 190, England fell 10 runs short, but managed to finish their group in the top spot ahead of Australia, with South Africa failing to make it through to the semi-final on net run-rate.

"It's a shame we've lost the game, that brings us down to earth with a bit of a bump. It keeps us grounded and we know we've got some stuff to work on. You never want to lose. We're not used to losing and usually when we do we bounce back well. I think it's just a lesson that we've got plenty to work on," Wood told Sky Sports.

"South Africa played really well - they only lost two wickets and we're not used to that - we're used to getting wickets in the powerplay and controlling the game from there. We were maybe off the pace, so we've got to work on things in training and be better next game. It's nice to be back, but it's better when you win," he added.

England were dealt with a blow when Jason Roy pulled his calf and had to walk off the field. Skipper Eoin Morgan, however, remains hopeful of Roy being fit for the semi-final, which will most likely be against Afghanistan, New Zealand or India. 

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