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Mark Wood: England players determined to stump up for charities

ENGLAND pace bowler Mark Wood says it was a unanimous decision for players to do ‘the right thing’ and make donations to good causes during the coronavirus crisis.

Centrally contracted players have given £500,000 to the England & Wales Cricket Board and selected charities, and also taken a 20 per cent pay cut for the next three months.

More details about the charitable donation will be revealed this week and Wood (pictured) said: ‘We were unanimous in wanting to help out.

‘We have obligations as professional sportsmen to be role models but it’s the people on the frontline who are the real superheroes, doing an amazing job.’

Wood, 30, who helped England win last year’s World Cup, told the BBC the squad held a video call to discuss how best to make a contribution.

‘We didn’t just want to give to our sector but also a charity of our choosing,’ he added. ‘It didn’t take long to come to an agreement.’

With cricket on hold, the Durham bowler said the squad also felt an obligation to the game as a whole.

He added: ‘As the top players, how can we ensure the survival of county, grassroots and disability cricket? It’s the right thing that we as cricketers help our fellow professionals.’

England women’s squad have also taken a three-month pay reduction.