Wood, who has 13 wickets at 20.38 in the three Tests he has contested in this series, won just three of the 38 overs Australia faced to make it 135 for 0 in pursuit of 384 and was only introduced by Ben Stokes in the second session of a day cut short due to rain.
“I think just about like everyone else, there are little aches and pains that come out of a big run of five tests,” Trescothick said at the end. “Both teams will travel the same for now. But yes, everyone is fit to play. It was a tactical decision.”
One downside to England’s attacking style with the bat is that their bowlers have had a significantly higher workload than Australia’s throughout this series. They have already won 841.3 overs in the five Tests, 193.4 overs more than Australia – with more to come on Monday.
Di Venuto admitted he was surprised by England’s use of wood. “I’m not sure about those tactics,” he said. “If he’s got an injury, if he can only play a certain number of overs, I’m not sure. There’s been rotation, so [I was] not surprised to see the two offspinners pulling away at one end.”
“He’s fine,” Trescothick said. “You saw him bowling today. He obviously had the little problem he has. He obviously rested a bit and lifted his feet. It’s not 100 per cent – of course that’s not the case. It probably won’t be for two or three weeks from now, but we’ve got some of him and we’ll keep trying to do that again tomorrow.”
Trescothick also believes the ball change that took place shortly before the rain set in – after the first ball from the 37th, when Wood’s bouncer hit Khawaja in the helmet – could affect the result. “I think it was just a little more difficult,” he said. “That was the difference.
“Immediately there is a bit more life. The balls seem to have gotten very soft very quickly in this game – and this series. Both captains have tried to change them many times. Whether it makes a difference, the rain that falls and save it for tomorrow, who knows?
“There’s a lot of guys who’ve been on the Ashes series here in the past who haven’t been able to win, and 20  years is a long time. We’re in a great position for some of the boys to have that on their resumes; we are all really looking forward to scoring those 250 points tomorrow.”