Cricket

Mark Wood feared his England career was finished

The Durham fast bowler was back in his first international match after eight months as England beats Ireland by seven wickets in the first ODI in Bristol.

“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.”

“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.

“But I’m pretty confident now I could get through any sort of international cricket be it Test, one-day or Twenty20.”

“I’ve spent that much time off the field and seeing lads win and celebrating, and I have to watch from a TV screen. I just want to win and celebrate with the lads.”

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