<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/england/">England</a> fast bowler <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/mark-wood/">Mark Wood</a> hopes to finish a frustrating season with a flourish during an upcoming white-ball series against Australia and lay down a marker ahead of the 2021/22 Ashes. <p></p> <p></p>The Durham quick has been largely surplus to England's requirements in a home season taking place against the backdrop of the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/coronavirus">coronavirus</a>. <p></p> <p></p>Wood featured in the first Test against the West Indies at Southampton in July -- a match England lost -- and hasn't played international cricket since, failing to earn a recall in the remainder of that series and in England's three Tests against Pakistan last month. <p></p> <p></p>But with England having completed their Test programme for the season, and no longer having a need to field separate red and white-ball squads, Wood has been selected for a three-match Twenty20 series against Australia at Southampton that starts on Friday and three subsequent one-day internationals against the same opponents later this month. <p></p> <p></p>The 30-year-old said it had been "hard mentally" living in a bio-secure bubble for two months while hardly playing but that he was not the type to go "moaning and groaning" to the selectors. <p></p> <p></p>"You never want to be left out, or the easy drop," Wood told a conference call on Wednesday. "It's not my style to shout and scream. I have a great relationship with (England head coach) Chris Silverwood and I just asked him honestly what I needed to do to get in the team and improve. <p></p> <p></p>"He said he was happy with me but just that I didn't get selected. I think once you know you are not in the team, you are disappointed but you are very lucky to still be in a squad playing for England." <p></p> <p></p><strong>'Biggest rivals'</strong> <p></p> <p></p>Wood was a member of the England side that won the 50-over World Cup last year and he now has a chance to resume his international white-ball career. "It's always good when you play for England, don't get me wrong, but there's an extra incentive when you play Australia, your biggest rivals," said Wood, a member of the England side that defeated the Australians in the semi-finals of the World Cup. <p></p> <p></p>"They are desperate to beat you, you are desperate to beat them. <p></p> <p></p>"It doesn't matter if it's the Ashes, white ball, T20. We'll be desperate to beat them." <p></p> <p></p>Although the formats are different, Wood said bowling well in the upcoming matches could help give him an edge over some of Australia's Test-match batsmen. <p></p> <p></p>He cited the example of Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, who overpowered England's batsmen in the 2013/14 Ashes series after some strong performances in limited overs matches between the arch-rivals in the previous year. <p></p> <p></p>Wood also referenced the way in which England paceman Stuart Broad had dominated Australia opener David Warner during last year's Ashes as a case of a bowler establishing a hold over a batsman. <p></p> <p></p>"That example (Johnson against England), everyone still talks about how rapid he was in the one-day series and then you carry that over to the Test matches. <p></p> <p></p>"It's a very different format, a very different game. But there'll always be talk about the Broad and Warner situation," Wood said. <p></p> <p></p>"If you can get the wood over them, and can start the ball rolling with a couple of players here, I'm sure they'll be thinking about that whatever the format."