Ben Stokes may come out of retirement from 50-over cricket to play in this year’s World Cup in India, says England coach Matthew Mott.
The 31-year-old Stokes, who captained the English national team in tests, left one-day internationals last summer due to fatigue.
However, after winning the T20 World Cup last year, the all-rounder did not rule out a U-turn.
Mott claimed the English were content to wait for a verdict.
Before England’s three-match ODI series against South Africa begins on Friday, Mott added, “The door is always open for a player of that level. However, we are also quite aware that his main concentration is red-ball cricket as the captain.”
We’ll talk to him when he’s ready and respect his privacy in the meantime.
In the 2019 World Cup final, England defeated New Zealand in a thrilling super over to win the trophy where ICC named Stokes the tournament’s man of the match.
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“Too much cricket squeezed in” was his rationale for retiring last July.
Before a November Test series in Pakistan, he replied, “Who knows?”. After the reporter asked if he would return to the World Cup. Having previously said that doing so would be “unfair” to the players who would replace him.
Going to the World Cup and playing for your country is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But right now, I couldn’t care less about that.
“I’ve had some lovely discussions with Jos [Buttler, captain] and Rob Key [director, England men’s cricket] about this,” Mott said. This was in response to a question about whether England will give Stokes a deadline to make his decision.
As you’ll see on this tour, players are coming in and out of franchise cricket. As a result, we need to keep a really flexible, open mind to players. Also, we want to pick the best players possible when we sit down to pick that 15 for the World Cup.
It will have been over two months since England’s last Test match when the World Cup begins in October and November.
They won’t play again until early 2024 when they travel back to India for a five-game Test series.
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However, fast bowler Jofra Archer is making his return from injury. He may make his first international appearance in almost two years. This will happen only if he is selected for England’s upcoming match against South Africa this week.
England will manage Archer throughout the year, which includes an Ashes series and a World Cup, despite Mott’s claims that the batsman was “frothing to play.”
Based on my observations from afar, I agree with Mott that he is one of the most intriguing developments in cricket over the past decade.
The most accurate thing I can say about Archer’s schedule is that it is still in the works.
We’ll help him through it and monitor his physical condition. It is my firm belief that he is a top priority, and we will handle him with the utmost care.