England’s express pace bowler Mark Wood has stated that the team isn’t worried about when all-rounder, Ben Stokes returns but is more concerned about his well-being. Stokes took an indefinite break from cricket to focus on his mental health and recover from an injury he suffered during IPL 2021.
He isn’t part of England’s team for the T20 World Cup or The Ashes. Stokes recently gave an update on his social media regarding his broken finger, indicating that he is recovering quite well. Speaking about the atmosphere in the dressing room, Mark Wood said:
“Not once among any of the players has Stokesy been mentioned. The one thing at the forefront of everyone’s minds is they just want him to be all right. No one wants to even think past that. We just want him to be himself and feel right and happy and stuff like that. So not once has it crossed anyone’s mind about the Ashes.”
We’ve got a huge chance and we’ve got a great team – Mark Wood on England’s chances in T20 World Cup
The 31-year-old Wood also stated that the England team has a great chance of going all the way in the upcoming T20 World Cup. The tournament begins in the UAE on October 17, Sunday, with the final being played on November 14.
“We’ve got a huge chance and we’ve got a great team. Everybody talks about a four-year cycle for the next (ODI) World Cup but I still feel like we’re in that (2019) cycle. There are very similar players.“
“Whoever’s come in has got up to speed quickly, has got into the team ethos and the way the team plays. I feel we’ve got a good time now as a one-day side to cement something pretty special. The 50-over competition had a brilliant effect, so it would be great to continue that,” Wood added.
England is grouped alongside South Africa, Australia, and West Indies and will be joined by two more qualifiers in the Super-12 stage. Their first match is against West Indies on October 23.