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DURHAM could count the cost of Mark Wood's downgrade from a full England central contract to a white ball-only deal.

The pace bowler's summer was wrecked by a heel injury after his comeback from a third ankle operation fired England to the Champions Trophy semi-finals. Bafflingly, England decided he was not fit enough to make the Ashes tour squad - but included him in the reserve Lions party who fly to Australia next month.

Durham agreed a PS3.8million bail-out from the England and Wales Cricket Board last year and the return of Wood (right) could put their finances under new strain. England white-ball contracts are incremental payments which run parallel with a player's county wage and Durham may yet be grateful that Graham Onions, Keaton Jennings and Paul Coughlin are leaving, easing the burden on their payroll.

They also await the outcome of an inquiry after part of a stand collapsed during England's Twenty20 international against West Indies last month.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Oct 7, 2017
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