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England desperate to beat arch-rivals Australia, says Mark Wood

England pacer Mark Wood has said the team is desperate to beat Australia in their upcoming three-match T20I and ODI series. The first T20 is to be played here on Friday.

“It’s always good when you play for England — don’t get me wrong — but there’s an extra incentive when you play Australia — your biggest rivals,” Sky Sports quoted Wood as telling reporters.

“They’re desperate to beat you; you’re desperate to beat them. It doesn’t matter if it’s Ashes, white-ball, T20; we’ll be desperate to beat them.”

Wood thanked Australia for making the trip to the United Kingdom despite the COVID-19 scare.

“Full credit to them for coming over; we’ve given huge credit to the West Indies and Pakistan, so I think we’ve got to say well done to Australia as well for putting in the time and effort to come across here in uncertain times,” he said.

“They’ll not just be here to make up the numbers; they’ll be doing everything they can. They’ve already had a couple of practise games with each other and when we turned up yesterday, they were smashing the ball everywhere.

“I don’t know if they were doing it deliberately to try and scare us, but I’ll be out to try and stop that as much as I can and stop Australia winning.”

Sumedh Bilgi is a one-time IPL winner and Digital Lead, Broadcaster and Commentator at cricketnews.com. Sumedh is a journalist by qualification who realised the in-coming digital boom in the early 2010s and worked his way up in accordance. In the past, he has worked with sporting properties like Mumbai Indians, Chennaiyin FC, Ultimate Table Tennis and with brands like Google Local Guides and more to host and produce digital content.

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