Wooden, a strapping left-arm seamer, has been on England’s radar for a while – he’s a former Beneath-19 worldwide and was a reserve for January’s T20I collection in Barbados – however his involvement highlights the extent to which 50-over cricket has slipped down the record of priorities in English cricket because the 2019 World Cup.
“He has been constant for Lancashire over the previous 12 months and we’ve got been monitoring his development,” Mott mentioned when the squad was introduced, however a telling truth was conspicuous by its absence: Wooden has by no means really performed a 50-over sport for Lancashire.
Within the two full seasons since his transfer to Previous Trafford, none of England’s finest white-ball gamers have performed a home 50-over sport: the Royal London Cup was cancelled in 2020 as a result of pandemic and clashed with the Hundred in 2021. It’s going to achieve this once more this summer time and whereas the Skilled Cricketers Affiliation (PCA) are pushing for a change subsequent 12 months, it is going to show onerous to seek out room in a schedule that’s already at breaking level.
“I do know that I have never performed a 50-over sport for 3 years,” Wooden tells ESPNcricinfo. “With the Hundred and the 50-over comp happening on the similar time, lots of people within the body will not have performed loads of 50-over cricket just lately except it is at worldwide degree. If you happen to take a look at the schedule, it is most likely one thing you may see increasingly more of, except one thing modifications.”
And but Wooden isn’t unduly involved by inexperience as a 50-over bowler: “It is similar to T20 in a way. Your abilities are just about the identical, it is only a longer time period. I used to be away this winter [at the Abu Dhabi T10 and the PSL] and should you have in mind the Hundred and the Blast, I’ve most likely performed extra white-ball cricket within the final 12 months than I ever have previously.
“I would not say it is a difficulty. From an outsider’s viewpoint, you would possibly take a look at me having performed 4 video games and it might sound a bit complicated. However I believe you have to take white-ball cricket as a complete now, not simply 50-over cricket and T20 cricket.”
The shorter format compelled that technology to play in a extra attacking model, one which occurred to reflect the one Eoin Morgan applied after the 2015 World Cup. Nathan Leamon, England’s white-ball analyst, wrote in his e-book Hitting In opposition to The Spin with Ben Jones that it was “a contented accident” which formed the event of “the best assortment of white-ball batsmen that England has ever produced”.
However the distinction is clearly starker now and whereas there are transferrable abilities in lots of roles – openers, finishers and new-ball bowlers, for instance – the ECB are eager to create alternatives for gifted gamers to play 50-over video games: the Lions play two one-day fixtures towards South Africa subsequent month and are because of tour this winter, whereas the return of an annual North vs South collection shall be mentioned as a part of Andrew Strauss’ high-performance evaluate.
For Wooden, the objective this week is easy: “I simply need to attempt to present everybody what I am about,” he says. “Hopefully I could make my ODI debut and do effectively.” If he does, he could be the first England participant within the trendy period to characteristic in an ODI with no Checklist A monitor report to talk of; it appears unlikely that he would be the final.
Matt Curler is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98