Mark Wooden starred for England with an all-round effort on Day 2 of the fourth Check in opposition to South Africa, scoring an unbeaten 35 that helped England attain 400 earlier than choosing up three wickets to assist cut back the hosts to 88 for six.
Wooden was glad to assist England inch nearer to a sequence win after struggling loads of accidents over time. That is solely Wooden’s second Check in 11 months; he had knee and facet accidents that saved him out of motion in current occasions.
“I need to have an effect on video games of cricket for England, it might imply a hell of lots to me. It’s one thing you aspire to do, have an effect on video games. It was good to get some runs and get some catches within the final sport – I do know my fundamental swimsuit is my bowling however I prefer to have an effect on the sport in different methods as effectively,” Wooden stated after the day’s play.
“To have the ability to win a sequence away from house in opposition to a high quality opposition can be particularly pleasing for me after coming by means of some laborious occasions.”
Wooden stated the wicket of opener Pieter Malaan, caught Jos Buttler for 15, gave him vitality and momentum.
“When that wicket fell it was particularly pleasing,” stated Wooden. “I simply tried convey a bit of little bit of vitality, one thing a bit completely different and tried to create a unique ambiance and a unique really feel to the sport.”
Wooden’s 39-ball 35, with three sixes and two fours, was essential because it lifted England to 400 together with Stuart Broad, who struck 43 from No. 11.
“I knew we had been coming right here and it was a bit bouncy, so I used to be engaged on how I assumed they’d assault me – both on the stumps or at my head. I’ve accomplished numerous work. It means I’m going to go on the market pondering I can ship.”