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I believe scores of 500 will be gettable in ODIs: Mark Wood

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Mark Wood wants to "ruffle a few feathers" alongside fellow fast bowler Jofra Archer in what promises to be an exciting England new-ball partnership.
World Cup hosts England can seal a series win over Pakistan at Trent Bridge on Friday, where victory in the fourth one-day international would see them go 3-0 up in a five-match contest.
The match in Nottingham is set to see 29-year-old Durham quick Wood make his first England appearance of the season following the latest recurrence of a longstanding ankle problem.
Wood hit speeds of 95 mph while bowling for England in the Caribbean earlier this year, and Barbados-born Archer has regularly topped the 90 mph mark since making his international debut earlier this month.
Now the pair is set to take the field together for the first time, with Wood saying on Thursday: "It'll be good to have two pace lads in at the same time and see if we can really ruffle a few feathers."
Whereas the effort Wood puts into his delivery stride is obvious, Archer appears blessed with a relaxed action that sees him capable of express pace without apparent strain.
"He's just so natural the way he runs in, just lets it fly. I couldn't believe how far Jos (Buttler, wicket-keeper) stood back to him at The Oval," said Wood.
"I have to put every ounce of effort I've got to bowl fast and he seems to do it easily, which is a bit frustrating.
"It's going to be exciting when I get a go at the other end, they'll probably think I'm bowling 70 mph or something."
England have continually rotated their side throughout the Pakistan series and are set to make more changes in Nottingham, with Jonny Bairstow-fresh from his match-winning hundred in Wednesday's third ODI in Bristol-set to be rested.

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