Wood took part in two bowling sessions yesterday at Trent Bridge as he nurses an ankle problem that kept him out of the eight-wicket victory in the third Test at Edgbaston that put England 2-1 up in the series. Should the Durham 25-year-old suffer a setback in the next 48 hours, Yorkshire’s Liam Plunkett and Mark Footit of Derbyshire are on standby for Thursday.
Anderson took 6-47 in the first innings at Edgbaston before suffering a side strain that ruled him out of the fourth Test, although he hopes to be fit for the Oval finale.
Middlesex, meanwhile, have agreed to rest England one-day captain Eoin Morgan for domestic fixtures in order to keep him fresh for limited-overs action against Australia next month.
Morgan is set to sit out the next three One-Day Cup matches and a County Championship clash with Sussex ahead of England’s solitary Twenty20 encounter with Australia on 31 August and five 50-over games that follow. “Eoin has been on the go since October 2014 and is in need of a rest,” said Middlesex director of cricket Angus Fraser.