Ashes 2015: Mark Wood targets Shane Watson
England pace bowler Mark Wood says a past incident with Shane Watson has him looking forward to bowling to the Australian in this summer's Ashes.
As a young net bowler, Wood was once instructed to bounce all-rounder Watson by his Australia team-mate Mike Hussey.
"He called me a 'net hero' and said he would like to have a go at me," Wood told BBC Radio 5 live.
"Well, he's going to get his chance. Let's hope he remembers me, because he's going to get a few more bumpers."
Durham seamer Wood, 25, took nine wickets in the two-Test series against New Zealand after making his debut in the first match at Lord's.
And after featuring in the limited-overs matches against the Black Caps and being named in England's Ashes training squad, the right-armer looks set to take on Watson when the Ashes begin in Cardiff on 8 July.
Speaking to his close friend Steve Harmison in an interview to be broadcast on 5 live on Monday at 21:30 BST, Wood said: "Mike Hussey asked me to bounce Watson in the nets, to which I wasn't going to say no.
"I let him have one, he gloved it and didn't give me the best of looks. Next ball, Hussey said 'give it him again', so I bumped him again and this time he absolutely smoked it.
"He picked up the ball, threw it back down the wicket at me and called me a 'net hero'."
In a wide-ranging interview, Wood also talks about:
- how he took football more seriously than cricket until the age of 16 or 17
- not drinking alcohol and being popular with his team-mates as the "designated driver"
- how he feels like he belongs in the dressing room, but will "keep his feet on the ground"
- how he believes the international schedule will suit him more than county cricket.
Fitness problems have restricted Wood to only 26 first-class matches since he made his debut in 2011, but he said being described as "injury prone" is a cause of frustration.
"I would describe myself as a wicket-taker, a skiddy and athletic bowler," said Wood. "I've accepted the fact I've had injuries because I was developing as a bowler and developing as a bloke.
"I've always been a slight lad and, in the last couple of years, looking after my body has stood me in good stead.
"People might be shocked that I have been picked for England, but I always felt that if I could stay on the park, I would do well."
Wood also described his "imaginary horse" which he rides when he "gets a little bit bored in the field".
"I used to have a medieval joust with my Durham team-mate Mark Stoneman," said Wood. "I had to feed my horse, pretend to carry him around and that was the joke.
"Coming from my Ashington background, it might not be a horse, but more of a pit pony."
Listen to the full interview with Mark Wood on BBC Radio 5 live from 21:30 BST on Monday.