Mark Wood wants to forget about Lord's nightmare

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Mark Wood has urged England to forget about their Lord's humiliation and instead respond in perfect fashion by clinching victory in the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston.

Alastair Cook's side were dismissed for a paltry second-innings 103 in 37 overs last Sunday afternoon to collapse to an embarrassing 405-run defeat inside four days at HQ as Australia levelled the five-match series at 1-1.

The margin of defeat, after England had so impressively won the opening encounter in Cardiff by 169 runs, prompted head coach Trevor Bayliss and his selectors to make changes to England's misfiring top order ahead of the third Test, which gets under way in Birmingham on Wednesday.


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In-form Yorkshire batsman Jonny Bairstow replaces his county colleague Gary Ballance in the only change to England's 13-man squad, with Ian Bell moving up to number three to fill the void created by the Zimbabwe-born left-hander's departure.

With the series level with three Tests to play, England travel to Birmingham with their tails between their legs - but Wood insists he and his team-mates cannot afford to dwell on their second Test trouncing and must approach the latest match with a clean slate.

"I think we've got to take heart from what we did in the first game (in Cardiff) and we can't remember too much of what has gone on - we have to always keep looking forward," the 25-year-old Durham fast bowler said.

"That's what keeps things exciting and what we did on the New Zealand series. Even if we did well, we would say today is a new day. It was all about what was going to happen next. I think in this next game it's going to be exactly the same.

"It's a mentality thing. Okay they batted really well and out bowled us this game but in Cardiff we did the same to them. Let's forget what's gone and let's start again and playing how we want to do, not worry about what the Aussies are going to do."

Next month marks the 10-year anniversary since England secured a thrilling two-run second Ashes Test win against Ricky Pointing's side at Edgbaston and much of the focus leading up to this week's encounter in England's second city has centred on that last-gasp victory.

Michael Vaughan's side levelled the series at 1-1 when Michael Kasprowicz gloved a Steve Harmison bouncer behind to wicketkeeper Geraint Jones and Wood would dearly love to emulate his former county team-mate in delivering a memorable Ashes triumph.

"I watched (the 2005 second Ashes Test) in a local cricket club in Ashington because Harmy was playing and he was a big hero for everyone at the club and a friend of mine," Wood said.

"I remember Jones taking that catch and - we were in the lounge, a smaller room - compared to the clubhouse and everyone was going mad - chairs getting kicked over - it was fantastic.

"Watching that series got me even more interested than I already was. It was the greatest series that certainly I have ever watched and to have somebody from your home town in it was fantastic.

"I hope it doesn't get that close in this game but I would love to put a performance in like that."

The only fly in the ointment at Lord's as far as Australia were concerned came on the fourth morning when Chris Rogers was forced to retire unwell while batting after experiencing a ''sudden dizzy spell''.

The 37-year-old opener had been hit on the helmet by a James Anderson delivery two days earlier and had missed Australia's first Test against the West Indies with concussion earlier in the summer.

Rogers sat out of Australia's tour match against Derbyshire this week as a precaution but is expected to partner David Warner at the top of the batting order in Birmingham and , should the Middlesex man play, Wood insists he, Anderson, Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes will have no qualms about peppering him with short deliveries.

"It's never great when you see someone get hit or go down. You might have the intent or aggression to hit people but when they do get hit it's not really that nice, especially when he had a dizzy spell," Wood added.

"If he declares himself fit for the next game, that will not deter me from bowling a bouncer though. If he's declared himself fit, as I'm sure the rest of our lads will be - Stokesy, Jimmy, Broady, Finny if he plays - if he declares himself fit then he's fit."

"You don't want to see someone have a dizzy spell, I wish him all the best, hope he's all right. I don't wish him any harm, it's never nice. But if he's fit then he's fit, so it'll be just the same as normal."

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