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England pace bowler Mark Wood has admitted that he was concerned that he would never be able to represent his country again due to his persistent ankle problem.
Wood underwent surgery on his left ankle for the third time in 12 months in October and was worried that his international career was over.
However, the 27-year-old made his comeback in England’s seven-wicket win over Ireland on Friday, and even got the first breakthrough for his side as he clean bowled opener Paul Stirling.
“It’s not something that I thought at times would happen, over the winter,” Wood said. “I thought the dream was gone at times.
“When you try and rush back, and it’s not happening at the speed you want it to, you think ‘Is it ever going to happen again?'”
After enjoying a fruitful summer, where he took seven wickets in four ODIs against Pakistan, the pain returned in Wood’s ankle and he was subsequently sidelined for a lengthy spell once again.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be back,” he added. “I had questioned at times whether I would actually ever play for England again.
“After the first two operations, I always believed I would get back. But then this one, because (the recovery) didn’t happen at the same rate as it did previously, I was a little bit unsure if I would ever get back to the standard I wanted to set and the pace I wanted to bowl at.
“But to be back for the first game (of the summer), in hindsight if I had looked at it like that – ‘I’ll get back for the first England game’ – I would have been over the moon and sort of took your hand off.”
Having made a successful return, Wood is now aiming to represent England in all three formats going forward.
“It’s just getting used to those workloads again,” he said. “I would say (it’s the end of) major ankle trouble. I wouldn’t say it’s honestly ever going to be totally pain-free, it’s just going to flare up from time to time.
“I’m pretty confident now I could get through any sort of international cricket be it Test, one-day or Twenty20. I’m held together with Sellotape pretty well.”