Fellow speedster Jofra Archer sat out the last two ODIs but should get another chance to press his claims for a place in England's World Cup squad, to be confirmed on Tuesday, in the remaining games of the series.
"Jofra has natural raw pace whereas I feel I have to bust a gut to get it up there", Wood said. Another flat surface, towards the shorter boundary, appears to have been prepared at the scene of two world record totals from England's big hitters, who racked up 444 for three against Pakistan in 2016 and then mauled Australia to the tune of 481 for six during last summer's 5-0 whitewash.
"They have batted really well, it's fine margins", added Imad, who insisted the tourists' morale was still intact despite their recent losses.
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The pitch is believed to be a batting paradise, and we can expect a high scoring match akin to the third ODI.
Though Amir is suspected to be suffering from chicken pox and is to have a medical examination done in London, a reliable source told PTI that the team management, including captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and head coach Mickey Arthur, expressed confidence in the bowler and allowed him time to recover. Amir, who is in the Pakistan squad for the England series and not the World Cup, was picked for the first game at the Oval on May 8 but he did not get to bowl as the match was washed out. That leaves four or five of us trying to fight it out for the other places.
"It's going to be a belter for both teams".
"But we take pride in our bowling as well and we have some plans, hopefully we can execute them next time". "You have to find a way to contain and try to take wickets".
For Wood, who has a history of ankle injuries, it will be his first competitive cricket since England's Twenty20 series against West Indies in March.