Mark Wood cleans up Eoin Morgan with errant throw during training drill

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There is an old adage in team sports that you always want to keep on the good side of the captain as you never know when you may need his support.

English fast bowler Mark Wood certainly put that theory to the test in training for their 20/20 match against Australia in Hobart on Wednesday.

A video has emerged on social media today showing Wood initially complete a good piece of fielding on the boundary by flicking the ball back to Eoin Morgan, however, the English limited overs captain was not expecting it at all.

It ended up hitting Morgan in the face and while he lay stunned for a few seconds, laughs could be audibly heard by the coaching staff and Morgan himself with Wood making light of the incident on Instagram - scroll down to see the post.

Although Wood only took four wickets in the recent one-day series against Australia, his boundless energy and enthusiasm for the contest was in complete contrast to the tired outfit the Test bowling unit looked for long periods of the Ashes.

The absence of Wood was questioned by many observers during the Test matches, as his pace would have undoubtedly unsettled some of the Australian batsmen.

However, the English medical team were understandably cautious with the 28-year-old quick from Durham, especially as he has undergone three operations in the past 12 months.

Watch: Morgan pays for taking his eye off the ball

Since making his debut against New Zealand at Lords in 2015, Wood has played in just 10 of a possible 40 Test matches.

His current average in those tests is a rather unflattering 40.65, while in the fifty over format, it is a even higher 44.16 from 23 games.

Despite that, he is held in very high regard by the selectors because he offers something completely different to the trio of James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes.

England Nets Session

You feel if he can put his injury woes behind him, the best cricket of Wood's career is not far away.

While five-day cricket will prove the ultimate test of his physical and overall capabilities, for now, he is a very important member of England's impressive limited-overs set-up.

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