Stokes feared he might not play again after taking break from cricket

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England Test captain Ben Stokes has said that he had feared he might not play again after taking an extended break from cricket last year to focus on his wellbeing.

Stokes decided to prioritise his mental health after suffering from a series of panic attacks following the death of his father due to brain cancer almost two years ago.

Speaking about his state of mind prior to taking the break, Stokes told the BBC, “It wasn’t over two weeks or a couple of months. It built up over a long, long time, maybe even like three or four years. It was like I had a glass bottle I kept on throwing my emotions into. Eventually, it got too full and just exploded.”

Stokes addresses his mental health at length in an Amazon documentary, which will be released on Friday and features interviews with past and present England players, including team- mate Stuart Broad.

In a trailer for the documentary, Broad says he could have seen Stokes never playing again, and when asked if that possibility had crossed his mind, Stokes said: “At the time, yeah. That’s where I was at.”—Reuters

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