Mark Wood frustrated by number of wickets, but pleased with Labuschagne dismissal

The 31-year-old admitted that his low number of wickets is 'frustrating' but remains encouraged by his dismissal of the world's number one batter, Marnus Labuschagne.

Australia looked to be in control on the opening day of the fourth Test after posting a score of 111/1.

However, two quickfire wickets from Mark Wood and James Anderson gave England hope as the hosts closed out the day on 126 for three.

Wood continued to step up as England's go-to man against Australia's engine room. He has now dismissed Labuschagne twice in 11 balls going back to Melbourne, and has also accounted for Steve Smith at The Gabba.

His ability to consistently hit 90mph has been enough to mark him out from the crowd against the two most prolific players in the home line-up.

Mark Wood of England bowling during day 1 of the forth Ashes Test between Australia and England at the SCG, Sydney, Wednesday, January 5, 2022.

Wood said: "You want to try and test yourself against the best players.

"I've been slightly frustrated myself because I'm bowling well and haven't got the amount of wickets I'd like. But if you get big wickets like those guys, certainly it makes you very happy.

"Thankfully I made Marnus play that ball - it wasn't an easy leave ball - and he managed to edge it, which doesn't often happen. I'm pleased I've managed to get him a couple of times now. I'd love to have a Broad vs Warner thing."

Speaking of Stuart Broad, the 35-year-old was the man who produced the opening wicket - taking out David Warner in the 20th over.

England's Stuart Broad celebrates the wicket of Australia's David Warner during day one of the fourth Ashes test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney. Picture date: Wednesday January 5, 2022.

For the 13th time in Tests he picked off Warner, fending to second slip to revive and continue one of the most enduring sub-plots between these two sides.

"Either Warner gets runs or Stuart gets him out," was Wood's pithy summary.

"Dave is a quality player, one I've found a tough nut to crack this tour. It's felt like we've bowled well at him but he's managed to keep it out and score whenever we've missed our spot. That's what good players do.

"So he has been a tough nut to crack and I'm really glad that Stuart got that wicket - we needed it to get us going. That got the ball rolling and I feel like we really stepped up after that."

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