With only a few days left before the series begins, England are facing some worrying moments over the fitness of fast bowler Mark Wood ahead of the first Test against Pakistan on December 1.
Wood, who was at home recovering from a hip injury suffered during an ICC T20 session Globalism Cup, it is doubtful that he will play the first test in Rawalpindi, starting next Thursday.
Although Wood, who missed the latter part of the T20 World Cup including the semi-final against India, was “coming in well” – as Stokes put it – he did not play enough, despite recovering from injury, in the preparations. Along with Wood, Harry Brook, who got his break after back-to-back tours of Pakistan and Australia.
Wood and Brook will have three days to prepare after traveling to Pakistan on Saturday, but it is believed that will not be enough to get into the First Test, according to reports in the English media.
Woods returned to international action for Pakistan during the T20I series after missing the 2022 summer series. He was one of the stars of the England team due to his blistering pace.
Stokes said the team is coming in well.
“It’s all about getting to the peak at the right time and the message at the start of camp was to build two days into this test and still have something in the tank to go forward because you don’t want to burn yourself out now,” Stokes was quoted as saying by the Telegraph. .
“I looked at this match here in particular and honestly thought I would get the most out of these three days of training. Getting my bowling workloads back on after the break after the World Cup especially. I like working on my netting skills rather than being there in the middle .
“I’ve really made the most of these three days for sure, and because I missed this game I don’t feel like I’ve missed a trick or feel unprepared. We still have three days in Pakistan to prepare for the first Test.”
“We’re a group who like to give people what they want to do rather than force them to do something, but let them take care of themselves because they all know what they need to be ready for that first test,” he said.
England are touring Pakistan for Test matches for the first time in 17 years and will play three Tests in Rawalpindi (December 1-5), Multan (December 9-13) and Karachi (December 17-21).