On January 28, England registered a great win in the first Test match against India in the five-match Test series. In that match, Team India faced a 28-run defeat. It was a setback for the team. After struggling in the first innings, England made an excellent comeback. The English bowlers destroyed the Indian batting lineup. English seamer Mark Wood bowled well but remained wicketless till the end. After that win, he opened up about the challenges and many other things.
India’s defeat in the First Test Match:
After a hiatus, Team India faced England in a gripping five-match Test series on home turf, kicking off in Hyderabad. In the first Test, Ben Stokes’ squad, led by Ollie Pope’s stellar 196, set a challenging target of 231 runs for India. Despite contributions from Rehan Ahmed and debutant Tom Hartley, who added 62 runs, India’s batting lineup unexpectedly shifted to a defensive stance in the second innings, getting all out for 202 runs in 69.2 overs.
This change in approach played into England’s hands-on Day 4, aided by the sluggish pitch and chase pressure. Debutant Tom Hartley shone with a five-wicket haul, ending with figures of 7/62. Joe Root and Jack Leach also chipped in with a wicket each as England began their 2024 Test tour with a victory. England’s bowling attack featured only one frontline pacer, Mark Wood, alongside spinners Jack Leach, Tom Hartley, and Rehan Ahmed.
Being the only pacer, Mark Wood ended the Test match being wicketless. In the first innings, he bowled 17 overs and conceded 47 runs with an economy rate of 2.76. In the second innings, he bowled 8 overs and gave 15 runs with an economy rate of 1.88. Despite not picking any wicket, he created pressure on the opponent batters.
Mark Wood’s Words:
Reflecting on his debut Test match in the Indian subcontinent, Wood discussed the difficulties he faced and expressed feeling the absence of James Anderson by his side. He mentioned the lack of a fellow pacer to communicate with during the game.
Mark Wood said, “That was a bit weird. Especially when the captain says you’re going to bowl one over with the new ball and it was a bit like, right, I’ll practice one over with the new ball. Very rarely would you think you’d bowl one over and then be off. But weirdly I trust what he says. One over? Right, okay, I’ll give it everything for this over. And then he said ‘rest’ and I’m not annoyed. Like, I get it, we’re going to spin now. So it’s just a bit different.”
Later he added, “I said to Jimmy (Anderson) that I found it more bizarre that I didn’t have anyone to talk to. I was sort of working it out as I went along. I’m disappointed that I didn’t get any wickets but not really fussed, because the team played amazing. One of the great games that I’ve been involved in.”
The next Test match is scheduled to happen on February 2 at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Vizag. Another thrilling match is waiting. Both teams are ready to face the upcoming challenges. After facing a defeat in the first match, Team India will try hard to register their first win in this Test series.