England bowler Mark Wood says asserting his first Exam five-wicket haul against West Indies trumped taking the wicket that won the Ashes in 2015.
Wood took 5-41 to help England to a 142-run guide over West Indies on the second day of the final Test.
The 29-year-old ignored Nathan Lyon at Trent Bridge four years ago to guarantee England beat Australia and recovered the Ashes.
“I felt just like a England Cricketer now for the first time,” Wood said.
Wood, playing in his first Test match as May 2018, regularly bowled more than 90mph in a spell.
He claimed two wickets in 2 balls in his first over and bowled Shannon Gabriel to summary West Indies’ innings.
Wood has struggled for consistency and fitness as making his Test debut, and the game in St Lucia is his 51st overall look.
“There have been dark days and a great deal of selfdoubt however I felt as though I belonged,” Wood told that the Test Match Special podcast.
“I managed to take the Ashes-winning wicket however I think now trumped that.
“I must back this up today and that is a sign of a real fast bowler.”
England have lost the series – with been defeated in the first two Tests – however produced their best bowling and fielding performance of the series.
Wood was a overdue callup to the squad, replacing the injured Olly Stone, also did not play in the two Tests.
He has lengthened his run-up considering making his Test debut in 2015, that has allowed him having extra pace.
“There have been times where I wondered if I would play England in Test Cricket again,” Wood added.
“I am pleased I have shown people at least for one day I am an appropriate England Cricketer.”