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Wood is relishing chance to let fly alongside Archer


By Rory Dollard

Mark Wood hopes he and fellow paceman Jofra Archer can "ruffle a few feathers" together as England prepare to field one of the quickest new ball pairings in their one-day history.

Wood will make his first competitive appearance in more than two months in today's fourth ODI against Pakistan at Trent Bridge, after familiar concerns over his left ankle.

The 29-year-old has been kept on the shelf ever since a transformational tour of the West Indies, during which he hit fierce speeds touching 95mph.

Archer has arrived on the scene in the intervening weeks and has nudged 94mph during his first three caps, and the sight of the pair working in tandem is a tantalising one.

"It'll be good to have two pace lads in at the same time and to see if we can ruffle a few feathers," said Wood. "He has natural raw pace whereas I feel I have to bust a gut to get it up there. It's just so natural and that's exciting for English cricket."

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