Chris Wood’s career story rarely strays from a detailed knowledge of Birmingham hotels. In his first season, he was a member of the Hampshire side that won England’s T20 tournament in 2010, but since then Hampshire have endured four semi-final defeats which for Wood has meant inside knowledge of more hotels than he would wish as Hampshire ring the changes in an attempt to end the curse.
Wood, a skilful left-arm seamer, remains one of the most talented young bowlers on Hampshire’s books, but his progress has twice been slowed by knee surgery which has wrecked two summers. In 2017, he played only Twenty20 because of his frailty, winning a place on Finals Day because of Reece Topley’s own injury woes,
Nevertheless, he has earned a reputation as a skilful bowler in one-day cricket and twice in 2012, in the T20 final against Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank 40 final with Warwickshire, held his nerve in the final over to secure his side the trophy.
Born in Basingstoke, Wood came up through the Hampshire age groups and was selected for England Under-19s to tour South Africa. In 2010, he got his break in county cricket and returned 20 wickets as Hampshire lifted their first T20 title. From the outset, he was a key part of the attack in the shortest format, with Hampshire reaching Finals Day in each of his first five seasons at the county. In 40-over cricket he has also performed well, averaging 23.92 in his first season and taking 18 scalps en route to Lord’s success in 2012.
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