Harry Brook: England batsman ready for T20 World Cup after benefiting from extended rest | cricket news

Harry Brook admits England are “imagining our chances” in the T20 World Cup and says he feels fitter, faster and fresher than ever after taking a break from the game.

The defending champions begin their campaign against neighbors Scotland in Barbados on Tuesday. live on Sky Sports Cricket (first dance at 3:30 p.m.) and are once again among the favorites for the tournament.

And Brook was in no mood to ruin that optimism, telling reporters before the opening game: “Everyone is very excited. We fancy our chances.

“We have a very good team, a good squad around T20 cricket and we are confident we can bring it home again.”

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Brook’s excitement is understandable, as he reunited with his teammates after a long and emotional absence.

The 25-year-old withdrew from the five-match Test tour of India in January after his beloved grandmother fell ill and he withdrew from the Indian Premier League when she passed away, before returning for the start of the season. national with Yorkshire.

While professional matters took a backseat to personal ones, Brook took advantage of his time away from the international game to improve physically. He is now in the best condition of his career, leaner than before and ready to reap the benefits.

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“I had a long break, four or five months, so I tried to nail it down as soon as I got home,” he said.

“I just tried to train as hard as possible, trying to lose a little bit of weight and get a little leaner.

“It wasn’t the best circumstances, but that time with family was the most important thing for me. Trying to spend as much time as I could with my grandmother at that time was the right decision and I don’t regret it for a long minute.

“But I tried to practice and stay fit as much as I could and get myself in the right mental space. I had been traveling a lot so having that little break from cricket was good and I was looking forward to getting back into it when I came back and played for Yorkshire.”

Watch every match of the Men’s T20 World Cup live on Sky Sports between June 2 and June 29. England open against Scotland in Barbados on Tuesday (first ball at 3.30pm).

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