England pace bowler Mark Wood believes that they cannot keep depending on Ben Stokes to rescue them out of tough situations. However, Wood’s statement came as England faced a nine-wicket defeat in the 2023 World Cup opener to New Zealand. However, Stokes didn’t play because of a niggle and England failed to reach a competitive score as well.
Speaking ahead of England’s clash with Bangladesh on Tuesday (October 10), Wood added that Stokes is no superman and that the World Cup requires every player to step up as well. He also revealed that Stokes still has strappings on his knee as well.
As quoted by BBC Sport, he said: “I don’t want to put too much pressure on him. He’s not Superman. It’s not all just about the messiah Stokesy coming back and him doing everything. He’s obviously one of our best players, if not our best player, but all the lads have to stand up as well. He’s got strapping round his leg, which is helping. He’ll have to get in the nets and see if the strapping does its job and allows him to move how he wants.”
The 33-year-old veteran added, as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo: “A great trait of the group is resilience and bouncing back, and calmness within the group. I trust every member in there: they’ve been through bad times and good times. [We’ll use it] to prove that we want to keep this trophy, to prove people wrong and there’ll be question marks now. But as a group, we believe in each other and it’s another chance for us to show how good a side we are.”
However, England, the defending champions, are likely to have a few changes for the match against Bangladesh in Dharamshala.