ENGLAND cricket team will soon announce their squad for the upcoming edition of ODI World Cup 2023 which will be held in India from October 5 to November 19. The Three-Lions will be happy as their star all-rounder Ben Stokes is likely to come out of retirement for the mega tournament.
As per a report from The Telegraph, Stokes will make his much-awaited U-turn and end his 50-over retirement to help the defending champions in their World Cup campaign.
Ben Stokes announced retirement from the 50-over format of the game as he said being a three-format player has been difficult for him.
Jos Buttler Likely Convinced Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes was the Player of the Match in England’s sensational win in the World Cup final against New Zealand back in 2019. He is one of the most prominent players in modern-day cricket and that makes him one of the biggest assets for England.
However, he denied rumours about him ending ODI retirement but England’s white-ball coach Matthew Mott during a recent interview revealed that Jos Buttler will call and try to convince Ben Stokes to join the English team in their World Cup campaign.
“Jos will probably lead the way on that communication, but Ben’s pretty straight with all of us. We will see if he’s keen. There has not been a clear direction on what he’s going to do yet, but we are still hopeful. I’ve always said his bowling would be a bonus, but just look at what he brings with the bat, even in the field,” Mott told Daily Mail.
“Watching him throughout the whole Ashes series, he had such a great presence. He’s done it for years when it comes to performing in one-day cricket and so he’s an invaluable commodity,” he added.