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Wood puts England in control with five-for

11th February 2019, 11:41 by Michael Holland

Mark Wood claimed his first five-wicket Test haul on day two against West Indies, and says he finally feels like an England player.

The 29-year-old has been dogged by injury problems but showed his class when reaching speeds of 95mph to take 5-41 to help England dismiss West Indies for 154.

Moeen Ali also claimed 4-36 but it was the performance of Wood, playing for the first time since May 2018, who stole the headlines.

The seamer says it felt good to finally feel a part of the England set up again and is looking to build on the performance and cement his place in the side.

"It feels fantastic - all the hard times I've had with injury, and the self doubt, today I felt like an England player," Wood said.

"I have had some bad times. There were times where I was desperate to do well but it wasn't quite happening for me. I am here on merit not potential."

Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings guided England to 19-0 at stumps as they take a lead of 142 into day three of the final Test of the series.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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