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Mark Wood makes blistering return to help England reclaim T20 lead over Pakistan

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Mark Wood came close to clocking in at 97mph in his first appearance for six months as England roared back to form to thrash Pakistan in Karachi.Twenty-four hours after a 10-wicket defeat in Karachi, England reclaimed a 2-1 lead in the seven-match T20 series as they waltzed to victory by 63 runs.Defending a formidable total of 221 for three, Wood turned up the heat as he hit some of the fastest speeds ever recorded by an English bowler and picked up three for 25 from four fiery overs.It was hard to believe the 32-year-old had not played competitive cricket since suffering a serious elbow injury in March and the only signs of discomfort came from the opposition batters, who could not cope with his skiddy pace.The foundations were earlier laid by career-best efforts from two middle-order rookies, Harry Brook smashing 81 not out from 35 balls and Ben Duckett making 70no from 42.

But Wood is more likely than either of those players to be a first-choice selection in next month’s World Cup, making him the headline act.The early exchanges belonged to debutant Will Jacks, who struck 40 in 22 balls after being drafted in to replace the rested Alex Hales.The 23-year-old missed out on Surrey’s County Championship title victory on Thursday but did not look like a man pining for home, announcing himself on the big stage with an action-packed contribution at the top.With Phil Salt falling early he took the responsibility, dumping a pair of early boundaries to deep mid-wicket and unloading powerful drives down the ground.

With confidence growing he stepped away and pounded Shahnawaz Dahani dismissively over cover.His hitting helped England reached 57 for one in the powerplay, but Usman Qadir stalled things with a double strike as Dawid

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