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Is an extended break good for England or not?
Harry Brook. Source: skysports.com

Is an extended break good for England or not?

Harry Brook: "We've got a very good side, good squad depth around T20 cricket and we're confident we can bring it home again"

After taking a break from the game, Harry Brook claims he feels better, faster, and fresher than ever and acknowledges that England "fancy our chances" at the T20 World Cup.

The reigning champions, who are once again among the tournament favourites, begin their campaign against neighbouring Scotland in Barbados on Tuesday.

Before their first game, Brook told reporters that "everyone is excited," indicating that he was in no mood to dash that enthusiasm. We like our chances.

It makes sense that Brook is excited to be back with his teammates after an emotional, protracted absence.

The 25-year-old pulled out of the Indian Premier League when his beloved grandma passed away and withdrew from the five-match Test tour of India in January. He then returned for the start of the domestic season with Yorkshire.

Although personal problems took precedence over professional ones, Brook used his time off from the international game to physically improve. He's thinner than ever and primed to enjoy the fruits of his labour at this point in his career.

"I had that long break - four or five months off - so I just tried to nail it as soon as I got home," he said. I just tried to train as hard as possible, trying to lose a bit of weight and trying to get a bit leaner. It wasn't in the nicest circumstances but that time with family was the most important thing for me. Trying to spend as much time as I could with my grandma at that time was the right call and I don't regret it for a minute. But I did try and nail as much practice and fitness as much as I could and get myself in the right headspace. I had been travelling a lot, so to have that little break from cricket was good and I was raring to go again when I went back and played for Yorkshire."

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