MARK CLATTENBURG: Harry Maguire should not have been on the field to score Manchester United's second goal after pounding into the groin of Michy Batshuayi – Anthony Taylor must take the blame for a bad decision
Harry Maguire should not have been on the field Om score Second goal by Manchester United after his earlier kick-out on Michy Batshuayi.
At the first viewing I wanted to support Maguire, because he thought he might have caught the Chelsea striker in his run after a challenge for the ball.
But repetitions showed that the United defender made a clear second move towards Batshuayi that he could have avoided. He made a pounding movement in the groin of Batshuayi (above) and should have seen red.
Mark Clattenburg says that Harry Maguire was lucky not to be sent in the victory of Man Utd at Chelsea
Maguire remained on the field and then scored United's second goal in a 2-0 win on Monday
VAR looked at this but did not make a clear error from referee Anthony Taylor, and this is where the inconsistencies lie. Let's not forget that Taylor was the man in the middle when Tottenham & # 39; s Son Heung-min made a similar mistake in December on Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea.
Taylor missed Maguire's challenge, but if he had gone to his pitch-side monitor, I am sure he would have sent it. Regarding the booking for Willian, that was a blatant dive.
MARK CLATTENBURG: It was a risk for Jon Moss to joke with Bournemouth, as I discovered when I mocked Adam Lallana, but what is being said on the field must remain on the field
He gave me a stick and I probably had reason to send him away, but I chose to try spreading the situation by saying to him: & # 39; You have been different since you played for England & # 39 ;.
He was a nice guy, but it was true, he had changed!
But Adam and Southampton then filed a complaint.
I was disappointed that I had tried to control the situation by conducting a dialogue and adding light, and the PGMOL said there was no reason to reply.
Jon Moss may have tried the same with the Bournemouth players and I understand why he did that. For me it is better than issuing tickets for dissidence.
However, it is risky if he jokes about the performance of a team that is fighting relegation, and that is why Dan Gosling accuses him of making disrespectful comments.
I say that I believe in what is being said on the field should stay on the field.
I would have preferred Gosling and Moss to discuss it privately.
Kell Brook defeats Mark DeLuca with seventh round TKO to blind home crowd in Sheffield after 14 months of absence from the ring
- Kell Brook first returned to the boxing ring in 14 months
- Brook stepped up in round three, bleed his opponent and put him down
- DeLuca came back and maintained his defense but Brook found another acceleration
- Brook rattled his opponent in the seventh round to win the fight by knockout
Odion Ighalo & # 39; could have the same impact as Eric Cantona & # 39; for Manchester United, says former keeper Mark Bosnich
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich says that Odion Ighalo & # 39; could have the same impact as Eric Cantona & # 39; for Manchester United.
United signed Ighalo for a six-month shock agreement from Shanghai Shenhua on transfer deadline day after a desperate late search for a striker.
The 30-year-old has also found 16 times the back of the net in 35 appearances for Nigeria and Bosnich has warned doubters not to finish him to write.
"This was an emergency alert," Bosnich told Sky Sports News.
"I can understand that many people use an approach to a spreading gun, well, it had to be with Marcus Rashford.
& # 39; The top four is still possible for Manchester United, they had to go get someone.
Odion Ighalo statistics
PL apps: 55
Targets : 17
& # 39; The boy who comes in (Ighalo) has nothing to lose, nobody expects anything incredible from him, but they had absolutely needs someone in that position. & # 39;
Back in November 1992, United bought Cantona from Leeds United for £ 1.2 million, with the Frenchman shooting the club to their first Premier League title.
And although United does not have a chance to win the title this season, Bosnich thinks Ighalo could w collect a significant impact on Old Trafford.
& # 39; You never know, & # 39; he added. "Long ago, a long time ago, Manchester United drew a certain Frenchman (Eric Cantona) from whom nobody really expected much and he eventually pushed them on to one of their most successful seasons of all time.
United are now seventh in the Premier League after Saturday's 0-0 tie with Wolves, but Bosnich supported the club to make the top 4.
& # 39; I think they can [make the top four] the there's no doubt about it, "he added.
"Six points in this phase of the season are still nothing to me.
" The big question of whether they don't score goals is the way they play.
& # 39; People would have much more confidence if they had watched performances and said that this team is actually going somewhere. & # 39;
MARK CLATTENBURG: Tottenham and Manchester City were both victims of the latest VAR farce … there is just no consistency and it is harmful to the Premier League
The arbitrary application of VAR turns the Premier League into a farce.
We saw Danny Ings deny a clear punishment against Liverpool and then it was decided – correctly – that Sergio Aguero was attacked by Serge Aurier. There is no consistency.
Sunday VAR was Kevin Friend, who was the referee for Liverpool's 4-0 win over Southampton on Saturday. I was surprised that friend Mike didn't tell Dean to go to his pitchside monitor to view Sterling's error on Alli, since it was worth a red card.
We have seen referees recently insisted on using their monitors and Paul Tierney became the first Premier League official to do this when he fired Ben Godfrey of Norwich against Bournemouth. Dean was not advised to check his monitor.
If you take Aubameyang red into account for a similar challenge to Sterling, the City-man should also have been dismissed.
Sterling caught Alli with his studs above the ankle and clearly endangered the safety of his opponent.
] For the penalty, VAR was right when he said that Aguero was polluted by Aurier, but City should have had another point kick.
Hugo Lloris made contact with Sterling & # 39; s leg and the City attacker was the first to reach the ball, but VAR allowed the game to continue. This inconsistency is harmful to competition.
With the window now closed, players and club must now see if January transfer gamble have paid off during the last half of the Premier League season, whether they went to Europe or fought for security.
Here, Sportsmail looks at who won and who lost after the January transfer window closed.
The Red Devils succeeded in signing a squadron in Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno on Thursday. Fernandes.
Manchester United had a long-term interest in the 25-year-old and to finally get the deal over, they turned out to be winners after the deadline.
The side of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is currently being stretched in midfield with Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay on the treatment table.
Manchester United could finally seal a large money movement for Bruno Fernandes
Fred has impressed in midfield midfield this season, but Fernandes can bring that creativity and link between midfield and the attack that United misses.
Fernandes scored 15 goals and delivered 14 assists in 28 games for Sporting Lisbon this season and so can ease the burden on United's front men.
The last loan from Odion Ighalo may seem astonishing, but he could prove an inspired short-term stop if injuries bite a thin team.
United also released Ashley Young for £ 1.5 million to Series A on the side of Inter Milan, who could have gone free with his summer deal in just six months.
They also sent out the favor defending Marcos Rojo on loan, which was another good move as the team revision went ahead.
The Portuguese boss acted quickly during his first transfer period as manager of Tottenham.
Gedson Fernandes was his first signing of the month on an 18-month loan agreement to strengthen his midfield, while Steven Bergwijn has strengthened the broad areas of Spurs.
Jose Bergour said on Bergwijn: & He is good for us now and for our future and the direction we want. to go inside. It fits the way we play. He is young, creative and enthusiastic and can connect with Tottenham fans. & # 39;
But missch In January the most addition was the acquisition of Giovani Lo Celso on a permanent deal from Real Betis.
The Argentinian has begun to find his feet in England after a six-month loan and has the opportunity to fill the void left by Christian Eriksen.
The fact that Spurs was able to relocate signpost Eriksen to Inter for £ 17.5 million instead of leaving him free in the summer has worked well.
Like on the left, Danny Rose left on loan after his heated exchange with Mourinho .
Mourinho admitted that he was happy in his press conference on Friday despite not reaching coverage for the injured Harry Kane but Spurs have improved their options.
A remarkable first half of the season on their return to the Premier League has only been improved by some cunning transfers in January for Sheffield United.
According to many clubs in their position, they may have rested on their laurels or focused on preserving what they had, instead the Blades were actively recruiting while keeping their team lean.
Jack Rodwell's early window for free transfer arrival is a bit staggering, but he may prove to be a smart backup sign.
If he lives up to his potential, the club record can capture £ 22 million from Genk's Norwegian midfielder Sander Berge to be the signing of the season.
Berge, highly valued and only 21 years old, is a true declaration of intent by Chris Wilder and suggests that ghosts focus quickly on a European qualification rather than just staying up.
The departure of Callum Robinson's loan to West Brom, just six months after he shortly became club record, also demonstrates ruthlessness when individual players fall under the high standards set by the team.
Finally Christian Eriksen finally sealed a move away from Tottenham to Antonio Conte & # 39; s Inter Milan.
From a scrap to reach the top four under Mourinho, the Dane will now play a key role in a Series A title challenge.
A move away from North London during the summer was eventually thwarted, and during the fight from the start of the club, Eriksen regularly looked annoyed at his situation.
Although things threatened to get messy towards the end, Eriksen was finally able to find the new start he was looking for six months earlier.
Inter Milan was able to seal Christian Eriksen's January signing from Tottenham
Danny Drinking Water
From 2016 title winner, England international and a move of £ 30 million to Chelsea, things have unraveled very quickly for Danny Drinking water.
Moving to a late-window loan to Burnley in the summer seemed like the perfect opportunity to save a career in terminal decline.
Two performances and an unfortunate incident from a nightclub was the sum of a spell that ended in disgrace.
Yet Aston Villa somehow offered a second chance and sealed a loan spell for the midfielder.
He may have been lucky enough to have had the chance, but things are already looking up.
Drinking water has appeared more often in a month in Villa Park than in half a season in Turf Moor and the hope is that he can continue pedaling from here.
The World Cup winner was strongly linked to a move of Chelsea through the January transfer window, but a switch could cannot be realized.
Olivier Giroud struggled this season under manager Frank Lampard and as a result the striker wanted to look for regular football.
However, Lampard confirmed on the afternoon of the deadline that the Frenchman would not leave Stamford Bridge.
The Chelsea boss was full of praise for how the 33-year-old had dealt with the unrest.
& # 39; In this window [he] it has been incredible as a professional and as a man, & # 39; said Lampard.
& # 39; We all know that there has been interest and I have sat here in every press conference and said, "If it is good for Olivier, for myself and the club" and he was flawless in that period . I have a lot of respect for that and as a player. Again the answer is no. Will he leave? No. & # 39;
Giroud hopes that he will be used more frequently for the rest of the season with Euro 2020 this summer.
The striker can be deployed on Saturday with the first-choice striker Tammy Abraham doubts for Saturday's collision in Leicester.
Frank Lampard and Chelsea
The past month may go down as a missed opportunity on and off the field for the men of Frank Lampard.
A series of bad results, in total only one league win from January 4 games – including defeat by Newcastle – would suggest that reinforcements were needed.
With their transfer ban now lifted, it seemed the perfect time to add the much needed experience to a promising and yet tiring team.
Top scorer Tammy Abraham is injured and more options are required at the top, while defense has been a problem all season.
Yet, Lampard has chosen to abstain from shopping in January and, instead, his confidence in those who are already at his disposal – including the willful Olivier Giroud.
Time will tell whether that is a wise move.
Frank Lampard and Chelsea made no additions to their rank in January
It is hard to know what to think about January's transfer companies in Bournemouth, or rather the lack thereof.
There has been no income, except the return of the young Sam Surridge loan, and no expenses. Keeping Joshua King in the aftermath of Manchester United's interest can be a big win, as can retaining Nathan Ake.
Yet the first average and the last are injured, while there are many players in the team who simply do not pull their weight and should be ejected quickly.
The lack of signing sessions is also a concern because injuries bite. But given their recent record of purchases, it might have been wise to keep the checkbook at home.
Instead of bringing in more new blood, Eddie Howe must have absolute priority to get his recent big buys. – Arnaut Danjuma, Dominic Solanke, Phillip Billing – fit and fire so that the cherries can pull out of the fall zone.
Crystal Palace 
the window started so positive for Crystal Palace, with the arrival and impact from Cenk Tosun, ended quite sour.
The men of Roy Hodgson have so far put together an impressive season in which they are determined to look up with star turn Wilfried Zaha committed until at least the summer.
Still, fans may wonder what that could be after a number of late moves ended in failure.
A £ 10 million for West Brom & # 39; s teen full-back Nathan Ferguson – a late replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka – failed, while West Ham also defeated the Eagles to highly rated Jarrod Bowen.
Although they must be free from any relegation anxiety, with the team stretched out by injuries, it could prove to be a difficult final stretch in Selhurst Park.
Still a Tottenham player and still a million miles away from a spot in Jose Mourinho's first squad.
The most notable part of Mourinho & # 39; s constant mix-and-match midfield in Tottenham is that Victor Wanyama was not part of a single.
His only appearance under Mourinho came as a replacement in the 3-1 Champions League defeat of Bayern Munich in December in a match where the coach hardly bothered to appear.
A miraculous player's physical gifts and high descent now risk the very real prospect of rotting away in reserves for another six months before slvation can be sought.
A summer move to Club Brugges failed and, if he thought January would bring more chances, they just didn't arrive. A loan to Celtic was canceled and at 28 the reserves started to grow.
did not leave Tottenham
Mark Wood and Ben Stokes helped England secure a morally-promoting 3-1 series victory in South Africa this winter
Jos Buttler, however, can find his place threatened while Joe Denly still has to convince with the bat.
Sportsmail assesses how all players in both England and South Africa were doing about the four-test series.
Zak Crawley 6.5
Thrown in at the deep end of schedule after Rory Burns sustained an ankle injury while playing football in Cape Town, but he got better with every game. He found out that he had to change his technique after the first test. Has earned his place in Sri Lanka.
163 runs. Av: 32.60. HS: 66.
Dom Sibley 7
Many wondered if Sibley could succeed at this level with such a peculiar technique, but he ended the series as the leading runscorer of England and with a big undefeated hundred in Cape Town. The jury may still be over him, but at least they are halfway through the door.
324 runs. Av: 54.00. HS: 133 No.
Joe Denly 6
Stays slowly to double digits, but does not kick and has technical problems, especially against spin. England will not like to close the door yet, but with an average of 30 in this series and his testing career, he is now under great pressure.
210 runs. Av: 30.00. HS: 50.
J oe Root 7.5
The series in which Root arrived as captain of England after two and a half years. Has been noticeably more relaxed and proactive since Centurion and this can be the start of something big with his young side. Still no 50 s conversion.
317 runs. Av: 45.28. HS: 61.
4 weeks. Av: 47.50. Best: 4-87.
Ben Stokes 9
The series in which comparisons with the great Sir Ian Botham became real with runs, wickets and catches. Dragged England across the line in Cape Town with its last-day bowling and added a century in Port Elizabeth. Just don't compare it with Ed Sheeran.
318 runs. Av: 45.42. HS: 120.
10 weeks. Av: 10 p.m. Best: 3-35.
Ollie Pope 9
A star is born. England had long thought that pope would be their best batsman since Joe Root, and here he proved it, particularly with his unbeaten century in Port Elizabeth.
On average 88.66 in the series and excelled with some large catches on short legs. Has potential to make 20 test centuries – if the long game survives!
266 runs. Av: 88.66. HS: 135no.
Jos Buttler 3.5
What about England's most gifted player? Doesn't seem to know if he should hold or turn with the bat and was sloppy with the gloves when the ball stayed low in Port Elizabeth. Ben Foakes, last time serial player in Sri Lanka, breathes in his neck.
115 runs. Av: 16.42. HS: 29.
14 catches. 0 stumpings.
Sam Curran 7
No longer just the obvious replacement for Stokes. The new ball regularly handed for his swing and valuable contributions with the bat. Curran is now much part of the first choice test setup in the new young England of Joe Root.
130 runs. Av: 18.57, HS: 44.
10 weeks. Av: 32.60. Best: 4-58.
Chris Woakes 6.5
Badly hit by the flu virus that was a greater factor in the first test defeat at Centurion than we gave England credit. Called for the final test just 15 minutes before the throw when Jofra Archer withdrew due to an injury and very well bowed to the Wanderers victory.
32 runs. Av: 4 p.m. HS: 32.
3 weeks. Av: 28.33. Best: 2-38.
Mark Wood 9
It seemed that England had brought a passenger into Wood until their plan was gloriously fulfilled when he was fit and fired for the final two tests. Broken sixes, took a big catch in Port Elizabeth and a brilliant nine wickets in Johannesburg. If only he can stay fit.
95 runs. Av: 47.50. HS: 42.
12 weeks. Av: 13.58, Best: 5-46.
Stuart Broad 7.5
Wicketless at the Wanderers, the location where he was one of four years ago enjoyed his greatest spells until he was in the middle of the action on the fourth day. Excellent catch to deny Van der Dussen an important moment. The series ends as the leading wicket taker in England.
61 runs. Av: 15.25. HS: 43.
14 weeks. Av: 19.42. Best: 4-58.
Dom Bess 7
Within days of his arrival as an emergency replacement, Chris Silverwood said he looked another bowler after his spin camp with Rangana Herath. And he showed it with control in Cape Town and wickets in Port Elizabeth.
8 wkts. Av: 25.75. Best: 5-51.
Jimmy Anderson 7
Fantastic in Cape Town after fully recovered from the calf injury that destroyed its ashes but towards the end of a rib that dramatic victory broke. Still better with age and hopes to be fit for Sri Lanka.
4 runs. HS: 4.
9 weeks. Av: 19.88. Best: 5-40
Rory Burns 6
Loses a sign because he injured himself just as he grew up in the role of the opener and I mused that he was the next was captain. His injury was the low point of the "Cursed Tour".
93 runs. Av: 46.50. HS: 84.
Jofra Archer 5
Limited to the first test due to a repeated elbow problem and even then he played just after he was recovered from the flu. A tour to forget, although he took five wickets at Centurion.
7 runs. Av: 3.50. HS: 4.
6 weeks. Av: 27.83. Best: 5-102.
Jonny Bairstow 3
Had two failures at a late chance in Centurion due to Ollie Pope's disease, but behind the scenes, England said he was working hard adapt his technique to cricket testing. It would be no surprise to see him at number 3 in Sri Lanka.
10 runs. Av: 5.00. HS: 9.
SOUTH AFRICA REVIEWS
Dean Elgar 4
There was a shortage of what was needed. The only plus point was his 88 in Newlands.
Aiden Markram 1
Played a bad shot on 20 before breaking a finger.
Zubayr Hamza 2
Was heavily exposed by the pace of Mark Wood.
Faf du Plessis 3
No doubt about his effort but tactics reflected a besieged man
Rassie van der Dussen 6.5
Well beaten, with three 50 & # 39; s, including 98 in the last innings.
Temba Bavuma 2
Recalled for final test but a case of & # 39; looks good but looks good but does not last & # 39 ;.
Kock Quinton 7
Series top scorer with a touch of genius and neat with gloves.
Dwaine Pretorius 5
Reliable with the ball and important runs in the first test.
Vernon Philander 2
Brilliant in Centurion with bat and ball but nothing afterwards.
Keshav Maharaj 3.5
Never at its best, reflected by the return of 2-160 and 5-180.
Kagiso Rabada 5
Not effective at the slow places in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. [1 9459005]
Anrich Nortje 7
Leading wicket taker on both sides and useful night watchman.
Dane Paterson 2.5
Enthusiastic but the 30-year-old missed pace of pace.
Beuran Hendricks 4.5
Much to suggest that the left poor could contribute in the future.
& # 39; You can't trust me to come halfway through & # 39 ;: Furious Mark Noble reads West Ham teammates in the rebellion after shocking the loss of the FA Cup to West Brom while he admits & # 39 I am constantly worried about the club & # 39;
- The side of David Moyes suffered a 1-0 fourth round defeat by West Brom on Saturday
- Mark Noble was brought in half – time when West Ham tried to find an equalizer
- Conor Townsend broke in the ninth minute and that turned out to be the winner
- West Ham Skipper Noble expressed concern after the FA Cup exit from the club
The side of David Moyes suffered a home victory on Saturday with 1-0 in the fourth round due to the championship equipment.
Skipper Noble, who was appointed halfway through when the Hammers tried to find an equalizer, has expressed concern.
& # 39; Van day was not nearly good enough for the standard we should be, & Noble told talkSPORT .
& # 39; In a club at this level with the money we spent, you can't trust me to die during the break during a FA Cup match.
& # 39; If his team is performing like this, what can you do? Listen, I just told the players there that we have to look at ourselves in the mirror – it's no one else's fault.
& # 39; We have changed managers, we cannot use that excuse. & # 39;
In addition to leaving the FA Cup, West Ham is in a precarious position in the Premier League.
The Hammers are currently outside the relegation zone on goal balance after not achieving a victory since January 1.
& # 39; I am constantly worried about the club. I'm turning 33 soon, and that's where you are at the age where you want to enjoy your career for the last few years, & Noble added.
& # 39; But if you fight relegation battles, then trust I don't like it. & # 39;
West Ham faces a tough test on Wednesday.
& # 39; He will always bring fear to opponents & # 39 ;: Sam Curran greets Mark Wood after England takes a fast five-against bowler against South Africa
- Sam Curran believes that Wood Wood strikes fear of the South African batsman
- Wood took an impressive five wickets for 46 runs on day three in Johannesburg
- Curran says that England should remain patient if the test is not completed before day five
Sam Curran believes Mark Wood has brought fear into the South Africa batsmen anticipate the hosts' attempt to square the series by reaching an unlikely 466. final test before England extended their lead to world record breaking proportions by making 248 in their second innings.
That leaves South Africa with a monumental task and Curran, who made a quick 35 yesterday when England refused the chance to enforce the sequel, believes that the extra pace of Wood has given them a psychological hold.
& # 39; Any team with someone who can consistently bow at 90 miles per hour will always bring fear to the batters & # 39 ;, said Curran. "It is a reluctance to move and get into bad positions, especially on a field like this with more pace.
"It helps the not so fast bowlers to use their skills. Hopefully I'll be here with a few wickets. & # 39;
Wood's success both here and in the third test in Port Elizabeth on his return from a serious side injury has been warmly greeted.
& # 39; Everyone is happy for Woody, & # 39; said Curran. & # 39; He has had a rough time six months since the World Cup and there is nothing more pleasant than a teammate doing well after an injury. He brings energy to our group and bowls very well. & # 39;
Curran is convinced that England can complete the job here at the home of South African cricket by ejecting them again to include all 80 wickets in the series, a rarity for them in abroad, and complete a win in the 3-1 series.
& # 39; We're really good, & # 39; said Surrey's all-rounder. "We have to stay patient and when it comes to the fifth day, that's fine.
"A few balls now hold low while others bounce extra and I think their batters will be a lot less confident than we with the ball."
NASSER HUSSAIN: Mark Wood lifts the vote in England … just like Darren Gough used to do
- England has set a goal of 466 for South Africa to level the test . series
- Mark Wood claimed five wickets because South Africa was rejected for 183
- He also had a partnership of 82 with Stuart Broad for a 10th wicket partnership
- The bowler keeps his side going and every team needs someone like him
The dressing room in England did not have to be precise anyway but if something can lift a team, then it is Mark Wood's performance here.
What you see with Wood is what you get. He is a very sympathetic, cheeky character who keeps his side to the bone and every team needs someone like him.
There is nothing worse for a bowling side than the numbers 10 and 11 that come out and it breaks nothing better for the batter than a last-wicket partnership such as Wood & # 39; s and Stuart Broad & # 39; s on to see on Saturday.
Then the spell he cast on the second day after tea was absolutely phenomenal. You flatter in partnerships, but you also play in it and Wood joined Chris Woakes to form a combination that was just too good for South Africa. , went to Joe Root and said, "I'm struggling with my side but I'm OK and I want to play." You cannot ask more of a person than that.
There are many cricket players who, when they are 50-50, may have said: & # 39; I struggle, let me skip & # 39; but Wood does not. Maybe it is because of the amount of cricket he has missed or maybe he has looked at this field once and realized, after the Port Elizabeth flat, that this was a great opportunity for him. But it is exactly what a captain wants to hear.
And when Root decided to hit, Wood came running past me on the field and said with a smile: & Great, now I have another day to ice my side. & # 39;
Thanks also to Root. He had to take a gamble when he won the pitch here and he also had to take a risk with his fastest bowler and if Wood had been injured, that would have had a demoralizing effect on the team.
Maybe with five sailors it is a gamble that you can take, but there is also a duty of care for the individual. A side load is one of the worst injuries a fast bowler can get and with Wood's history there would have been a temptation not to risk him. But it turned out to be a gamble that is definitely worth taking.
Wood stands in a stunner in Billy. Not only is he gone quickly. His seam position when you see the ball coming out of his hand is flawless and the ball that Sunday fired Quinton de Kock was exceptional. OK, De Kock tried to attack, but it was the perfect bail trimmer who broke the bail with a great seam position and Wood & # 39; s wrist behind the ball.
His lengths are excellent and he used his bouncer. Well, like when he started Pieter Malan with two short births before he brought him out with a fuller ball on day two. I could understand that England used Wood as their enforcer in the third test because of the Port Elizabeth field – although Root sometimes exaggerated, which is dangerous to do – but I much prefer how he bowls here.
The transition to a longer run-up, suggested to him by Michael Holding, has been enormously important to Wood. People may think that it would get more out of his body, but in fact it takes less out during the last part of his delivery. With a shorter run, every bit of energy must come to the end.
You can't emphasize the importance of someone like Wood enough for the atmosphere of the team either. Touring can be hard work and the dressing room can be a tense place. My English side had Darren Gough to uplift the minds of people by being that jovial, positive character and it is a role that Wood is now playing.
You could feel the real warmth for him as he led England away after taking his five-wicket distance. He has had problems, both mentally and physically, and it is very worthwhile to see him get through it and work so hard to come back during the long lonely months out of the side.
Now England will have to wrap Wood in cotton wool and take care of him to somehow help him to an Ashes tour in two years.
They now have a good depth in sailors, with the five here accompanied by Jimmy Anderson, Jofra Archer and maybe Olly Stone, so maybe they can rotate to make sure their bowers get fit for the big series , as Australia did with their seamstresses last summer.
England would certainly be a stronger side in the next axis with wood in it.