Luke Wood joined Lancashire at the end of 2019 for a number of reasons, notably to press his claims for international honours with England. It is a goal the fast bowling all-rounder has since achieved, debuting in T20I and ODI cricket.
Ahead of the 2023 summer, the former Nottinghamshire man has played three times for his country; once in ODIs and twice in T20s.
On debut in a T20 against Pakistan at Karachi in September 2022, he claimed 3-24 in a six-wicket win and scooped the player of the match award. He later made his 50-over bow in Australia towards the end of the year.
Wood stayed in Oz to compete in the Big Bash League for the Melbourne Stars either side of Christmas and finished that campaign as their leading wicket-taker with 20 from 14 appearances. His international exposure means he is now getting more and more franchise chances.
And he was a winner of the Hundred in the 2022 with the Trent Rockets, striking 10 times, including once in the final victory over the Manchester Originals at Lord’s.
Wood is a left-arm quick with good pace and skill - getting swing with the new ball is a major asset of his. He hurries many a batter with his extra pace as well.
He helped Lancashire to second-placed finishes in the LV= Insurance County Championship and Blast in 2022.
Wood joined the Red Rose after a series of loan spells away from Trent Bridge - Worcestershire and Northamptonshire were his two destinations.
And when the Sheffield-born player decided to move ahead of 2020, he had significant interest in his services, which also include being a very useful lower order batter.
It said much about the direction Lancashire were heading that he chose to join Glen Chapple and co.
Wood is a two-time Blast winner and ahead of 2023 has reached Finals Day six out of the last seven years. He helped Notts win the title in 2017 before claiming another winner’s medal a year later whilst on loan at Worcester.
He has gone close to silverware with the Red Rose, but good things come to those who wait, hey!
In 2021, left-handed Wood hit a superb 119 from number eight in the first innings of an early season LV= Insurance County Championship victory over Kent at Canterbury.
He is yet to take a first-class five-for in Lancashire colours, though has three to his name.
He heads into the 2023 summer closing in on two T20 milestones. He has played 98 matches in his career and has taken 97 wickets.