BROMSGROVE cricketer Sam Wyles isn’t prepared to let an untimely groin injury stop him from righting the wrongs of England’s maiden international tour as he returns to Dubai.
The 23-year-old was part of the England Physical Disability squad that travelled to the UAE for their first-ever international tour in 2012 to play Pakistan in ODI and T20 action.
Heading out on just a few months’ notice, England picked up only one win as they lost the ODI series 2-1 and the T20s 2-0, but they head back this week as a different animal.
And Wyles, who plays his club cricket for Wythall, is desperate to turn the tide on Pakistan back in Dubai, not even allowing an innocuous injury to halt his bid.
“I went running and it cramped up and then I ran up the stairs and it just popped,” said Wyles, who skippers Warwickshire’s disability team.
“It has been quite a nervous time just in case it doesn’t get better, but it has healed quite nicely and I’ve been able to get back into doing a bit of fitness.
“For the first couple of days there were a few worries because I couldn’t walk, but after that it started to ease.
“I managed to get back to the gym, did a bit of work and then it started to feel a little bit more relaxed.
“The last few weeks have been quite good because I have been able to run and do everything I could do before, so it’s quite nice to get back to full fitness.”
England will take on Pakistan in three ODIs and three T20 matches this month and Wyles, who has cerebral palsy, believes he can draw great experience from his previous trip.
Among the established names, England have named six uncapped players in their 15-strong squad, and Wyles is happy to take on a mentor role in Dubai.
“It was a brilliant experience last time and I really enjoyed it, but it was massively disappointing because we lost 4-1 over the five games,” he added.
“That was probably the hardest thing but I think this time we have a completely different squad, so it’s going to be a lot more of a close challenge.
“I have worked quite hard, particularly on my batting, so fingers crossed we have a bit of a better time over there this time.
“Things have changed massively for me. It has been a great journey; it has grown and grown and grown. It’s a really exciting time to be a part of it.”
Follow the squad’s results in the UAE at: www.ecb.co.uk.