AUS vs ENG: England pacer Wood sets sights on ODI clean sweep

Updated: Jan 25, 2018, 09:24 IST | PA Sport

England are keen to give Australia a taste of their own medicine according to paceman Mark Wood, who is eager to land a one-day whitewash

Mark Wood
Mark Wood

England are keen to give Australia a taste of their own medicine according to paceman Mark Wood, who is eager to land a one-day whitewash. The tourists have been in stellar form since going from Test whites to white balls, leaving the disappointment of the Ashes behind them with victories in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. Ahead of tomorrow's Australia Day clash at the Adelaide Oval talk in the camp is turning to a clean sweep in the five-match series — a feat England have achieved only once in their history, against Zimbabwe in 2001.

Such relentlessness was once a hallmark of Australia. Between 2005 and 2013 they claimed 5-0 wins over New Zealand, Pakistan and the West Indies, twice, not to mention 6-1 scorelines against England both home and away. "I think Australians in the past have been ruthless and we want to try and emulate the old Australia teams by keeping up our good form and momentum," said Wood.

"We want to really put a statement down and try to win 5-0. Hopefully we don't lose that winning feeling. As a one-day group with a few fresh faces we felt we had a point to prove to go out there and show these lads we've got some fighting spirit." England are due to make at least one change to their team tomorrow, with Liam Plunkett ruled out due to a hamstring injury he suffered mid-over at the SCG. Left-armer David Willey and Tom Curran are both eyeing their first appearances of the series and have one more net session to stake their claim today.

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