<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/england/">England</a> fast bowler <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/mark-wood/news/">Mark Wood</a> has been passed fit for the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/icc-cricket-world-cup-2019-200898/">World Cup</a> opener against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/south-africa/">South Africa</a>, a team spokesman announced on Monday. <p></p> <p></p>The Durham quick left the field early while running in to bowl during Saturday's warm-up defeat by Australia in Southampton after suffering a foot injury. <p></p> <p></p>Wood's injury-plagued career has been blighted by a history of repeated ankle problems but hospital scans saw the 29-year-old given the all clear for Thursday's opening match of the World Cup, against South Africa at the Oval. <p></p> <p></p>Wood was scheduled to bowl during the warm-up immediately before Monday's practice match against Afghanistan but will not play any part in the fixture itself. <p></p> <p></p>Wood has been one of England's quickest bowlers of recent years. <p></p> <p></p>But fears over his ability to stay fit for prolonged periods remain and he has bowled a mere 13.1 overs since the start of the season in a bid to reduce his workload prior to the World Cup.