Australia clash heaps pressure on weather-hit England

Mark Wood says England's World Cup frustrations in their rain-curtailed opener with Scotland makes their encounter with Australia even more significant

Mark Wood admits England's T20 World Cup washout against Scotland has raised the stakes considerably ahead of their clash with Ashes rivals Australia.

A downpour in Bridgetown meant just 10 overs were possible in the battle of the Britons, with England's pursuit of a difficult 109-run target never getting under way.

With both teams taking a point apiece, England's route into the Super Eight stage has been complicated and would only become more treacherous if they lost against their old foes in Barbados on Saturday 3am Sunday AEST).

Although they will be heavily fancied to finish strongly against Oman and Namibia in Antigua, the prospect of more rain-affected games and the vagaries of net run-rate could begin to bite.

But victory next time out would make those tensions disappear and go some way to clearing the hangover of England's torturous campaign in the 50-over World Cup late last year.

Wood reached speeds up to 151kph against Scotland // ICC via Getty

"The rivalry, the tournament... it's crucial now," said Wood.

"Especially with weather around and the run-rates being tight, if we can get ahead there it will be easier when it gets down to the wire. You never need to get up for an Australia game but it's one that's got more importance because of the points.

"It puts a different spin on things if we win that game compared to losing. It all has a different look and feel. Lose and I'm sure in the media there will be questions asked like the last World Cup in India, so it'll be an important game for us and one we'll be desperately trying to win."

Wood will be hoping he did enough in his brief opportunity against Scotland to hold his place in the side, with head coach Matthew Mott revealing it was a knife-edge call between him and left-armer Reece Topley for the final spot.

The gloomy scene at Kensington Oval in Barbados when the match was abandoned // Getty

The paceman was England's fastest and cheapest bowler, hitting 151kph at one stage and allowing only 11 runs from his two-over spell. He also came closest to making a breakthrough as his side failed to take a wicket with Scotland racking up 90 without loss.

Wood had George Munsey caught off a top-edge, only to be called for a front-foot no-ball. The moment could have proved costly had the game played out to a conclusion and he will be working to ensure no repeats.

"I haven't bowled many, it was a rare one so I'm pretty disappointed," he said.

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"Getting the wicket off a no-ball hurts the team. That's the feeling I don't like, letting down my team-mates.

"I'm clutching at straws really because I don't know why it happened but (bowling coach) Neil Killeen was trying to get me not to think about it too much.

"'You haven't got a problem' is what he said to me about four times as I was panicking coming into the dressing room, but it is something I will work on this week."

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