Warne warns England
the upcoming Ashes series after revealing the pair had a run-in during a net session in 2009.
Wood, who made his Test debut against New Zealand last month, is known for playing with a smile on his face but he may produce a scowl when Watson first strolls to the crease during the first Test in Cardiff next week.
Speaking to a BBC Radio program hosted by former England bowler Steve Harmison, Wood revealed how Watson sledged the then19-year-old when he was bowling in the nets to the travelling Australian squad.
And it turns out the architect of the blowup between Watson and Wood was none other than Michael Hussey.
“The person I’m really looking forward to is Shane Watson,” Wood said.
“I had a famous incident with him in the Durham nets. I remember Michael Hussey asking me to bounce Watson – to which I wasn’t going to say no.
“I let him have one, he’s gloved it, and he didn’t give me the best of looks.
“Next ball, Hussey said: ‘Give it him again’, so I’ve bumped him again, and this time he’s absolutely smoked it, picked up the ball, threw it back down the wicket at me, called me a ‘net hero’, and said that he would like to have a go at me.
“Well, he’s going to get his chance, so I’d like to have a go at Shane Watson one more time, and let’s hope he remembers me, because he’s going to get a few more bumpers.”
It’s a brave move for a newcomer to the international scene to tell the world he’s going to target a man with a decade of Test cricket experience, but Wood represents the growing confidence in the English squad at the moment.
His two Tests against New Zealand yielded nine wickets at an average of 33.22 and, despite his relatively short stature, the rightarmer is the quickest bowler in England’s arsenal.
The 25-year-old is hoping his inexperience will end up working in his favour during the Ashes.
”I’d like to think a few of the Australians don’t know much about us and aren’t looking forward to facing me,” Wood said.
Wood also admitted he’s prepared for a verbal battle against the Aussies, despite the positive vibes that surrounded the relatively sledge-free series against the Black Caps.
“I’ll certainly stand up for myself if the Australians have a go, go,” Wood said. “I won’t be taking a backward step, but I’ll still be trying to have some fun.” — AFP
MICHAEL Clarke of australia leads his team out during the 2015 Cricket World Cup match against Scotland at Bellerive oval on March 14 in Hobart, australia.