Ben Stokes AGREES to come out of ODI retirement and help England defend the World Cup at 50… with a talisman to be named in the squad for the New Zealand series on Wednesday
- Ben Stokes’ one-day return to England will be confirmed on Wednesday
- He will be named in the 15-man squad for a four-game series against New Zealand
- His troublesome left knee is likely to see him play as a batsman only at the World Cup
Ben Stokes will be named in England’s one-day squad on Wednesday for next month’s four-match series against New Zealand in a bid to prepare them for October’s World Cup in India.
Mail Sport have revealed England white ball manager Matthew Mott approached Stokes about coming off a one-day retirement to help Jos Buttler’s side defend the trophy they won against the New Zealanders at Lord’s in 2019.
And Stokes, who played the most recent of his 105 ODIs in July 2022, would have agreed, although his troublesome left knee will likely see him play only as a batsman – ending, for now, speculation that he will. . undergo surgery on the joint.
Fast bowler Jofra Archer could also be selected for the World Cup, although the deadline for teams to announce a provisional 18-man squad is not until September 5.
Archer’s likeliest return to England colors after a long layoff with an elbow problem will be for the three-game ODI series against Ireland from September 20.
Ben Stokes’ return to England for the World Cup will be confirmed on Wednesday
England white ball manager Matthew Mott has made an impassioned plea to get Stokes back
The World Cup squad doesn’t have to be reduced to its last 15 until September 28.
The New Zealand series, meanwhile, kicks off on September 8 and is preceded by four T20 games against the same opponents.
Stokes, who recently led his country to a 2-2 draw in the Ashes, emerges unscathed, the stage will be set for a spectacular return to the biggest stage.
England’s first World Cup game is on October 5 against New Zealand in Ahmedabad.