Wood clocks 156kph as England down Pakistan in third T20

Harry Brook and Ben Duckett have bludgeoned maiden T20 international half-centuries as England bounced back to beat Pakistan by 63 runs.

Brook smashed 81 off 35 balls and left-hander Duckett made 69 off 42 deliveries as England racked up 3-221 after losing the toss on Friday night.

Pakistan’s top order crumbled against fast bowlers Mark Wood and Reece Topley and finished on 8-158 a day after chasing down 199.

Wood was clocked at 156kph in the 32-year-old’s first appearance since suffering a serious elbow injury in March.

He picked up 3-24 and Topley 1-22, the pair having replaced David Willey and Luke Wood from the opening game.

Captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan couldn’t repeat their Thursday night heroics when they led Pakistan to a 10-wicket win with a brilliant double-century stand.

Both batters scored eight runs each before Wood had Babar caught in the third over, and Topley clean-bowled Rizwan with a brilliant slower ball.

Left-hander Shan Masood, who made his T20 debut in the first game, top-scored with an unbeaten 65 off 40 balls but Pakistan always lagged well behind after losing Babar and Rizwan.

For England, debutant Will Jacks struck 40 in 22 balls after being drafted in to replace Alex Hales who was rested.

Wood twice hit the 156kph barrier in his first international match since March // Getty

Brook then smashed the Pakistan pacers in the latter half of the innings while Duckett was excellent against the spinners.

Brook hit Shahnawaz Dahani (0-62) for boundaries at will in the death overs as the fast bowler returned with Pakistan’s second most expensive figures in a T20.

Leg-spinner Usman Qadir picked up the wickets of Jacks and Dawid Malan (14) in his first two overs before ending with 2-48.

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Wood had one word for how he felt after hitting an eye-watering 156kph on his first appearance since March – “tired”.

The right-armer had missed the entire English summer due to the elbow injury suffered during a Test match in Antigua and endured a longer-than-expected recovery from surgery.

He produced the kind of pace that only the very fastest bowlers in history can lay claim to, twice hitting the 156kph barrier, which was too much heat for Babar, Iftikhar Ahmed and Haris Rauf.

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“I feel tired. It’s my first game since March for England and I’ve played one game for my club team Ashington, so this has been a long time,” he said.

“You tend to be a bit fresh after seven months out, so that’s what I’m going to put (the pace) down to. But I felt a bit tired at the end. I know it’s a T20, but it’s the intensity of international cricket.

“I’ve done loads of time in the gym, lots of running, but nothing is the same as playing a game.”

England will keep a careful eye on a player who can do things nobody else on their roster is capable of.

“The challenge now is to back it up – can I keep those speeds going?” said Wood.

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“What’s important for me is not to go too hard now and then I’m not ready for Australia. I’ve got to peak at the right time so when it comes to the (T20) World Cup I’m fit and firing.

“Today was a good day. When you haven’t played for a while while the adrenaline is flying, it’s like a debut. The crowd was flying. But the challenge next time is, can I repeat that?”

England leads the series 2-1 with four more games to go with the next clash in the seven-match series again in Karachi on Sunday.

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