England’s long-held need for speed looks to be a thing of the past this summer thanks to pacemen Jofra Archer and Mark Wood.
Wood and Archer currently lead the way as the fastest bowlers at this year’s World Cup, having both clocked speeds in excess of 95mph with the ball in hand.
The dynamic duo have been using their pace to excellent effect in their opening three matches, with Archer taking six wickets and Wood on four.
Wood leads the way as the World Cup’s master of speed having clocked a speed of 95.7mph with the white ball, narrowly followed by Archer who posted 95.1mph.
Australia’s Mitchell Starc – the speed nemesis widely coveted by England during their disappointing Ashes tour last year – trails in the wake of the English duo with a top speed of 94.4mph.
Wahab Raiz of Pakistan follows with a top speed of 92.6mph while New Zealand’s Lockie Ferguson, who has taken the most wickets at this year’s World Cup so far with eight, completes the top five with a 92mph bowl.
‘It is exciting to be bowling with Jofra when he’s bowling at that pace,’ Wood told the Mirror. ‘Exciting and frustrating — because he makes it look so easy.
‘You have banter about it for sure, but you’re helping each other. I’m trying to bowl 0.1 mph quicker than Jofra, and he’s trying to bowl 0.1 faster than me. All the while though I’m thinking, ‘But Jofra’s just flicking his wrist and it is coming out like a rocket!’
‘I think there might be a bit more in the tank if he really wants it. I think he’s just toying with me at the minute!
‘When real pace bowling is on show, it definitely ruffles a few feathers and can change the momentum of the game. It wasn’t long ago that everyone was looking round for quick bowlers while Australia had Mitchell Johnson and Starc and Pat Cummins and people like that. It is nice to have guys who will fear our team now.’
Eoin Morgan’s side returned to winning ways against Bangladesh on Saturday with a 104-run victory after suffering a shock defeat by Pakistan.
Next up for England will be the West Indies on Friday, who have been widely praised for their exciting attack.
They have already claimed the scalps of New Zealand and Pakistan before a narrow loss to Australia on Thursday.
After England’s 2-2 ODI draw with the Windies earlier this year, the tournament hosts will need Wood and Archer to be firing on all cylinders.