England has expressed their hope of tempting Ben Stokes out of ODI retirement for their upcoming World Cup defence.The 27-year-old all-rounder had s
England has expressed their hope of tempting Ben Stokes out of ODI retirement for their upcoming World Cup defence.
The 27-year-old all-rounder had stepped away from the one-day game after the 2015 World Cup and withdrew from the squad for the 2016 edition as he wanted to focus on Test cricket.
Since then Stokes has been one of England’s best performers in the longest format of the game and last summer he single-handedly won the World Cup for England with a majestic 84* in the Lord’s final with the tournament going into a Super Over.
England’s managing director of cricket Ashley Giles has said that the team will continue to push to try to bring Stokes back for the upcoming World Cup.
Giles said “We’ll keep talking to Ben, I know he’s a very proud man and he so desperately wanted to be part of that 2019 World Cup winning team. If he can get back in, without affecting the progress he’s making in Test cricket, he brings a unique skill set to a one-day or a T20 side. He’s the kind of man you want around the team, just his energy and enthusiasm, he can lift people.”
Giles expressed his understanding of Stokes’ decision to take a break at the time, saying “It was obvious from the start of his England career that Ben was very special. We understood why he wanted to step away from the ODI game for a little bit; he has obviously had some big moments in Test cricket and obviously the Ashes was something that was always in his sights,”
Stokes himself said recently that he is preparing to play all forms of the game.
“I want to be versatile. I want to be an all-rounder if I can be,” Stokes said. “I really want to put in my best performances in all formats of cricket this summer.”
It will be interesting to see if England can convince their captain to give up his ODI retirement for their defence of the 50-over World Cup title this summer.
England optimistic of tempting Ben Stokes out of ODI retirement for World Cup defence
England’s cricket team have set their sights on Ben Stokes by attempting to tempt the all-rounder out of exercise retirement and back to international play.
Stokes retired from One Day internationals in 2018 when he agreed to take a break from the limited-overs cricket. However, England is hopeful of a return by Stokes in time for the Cricket World Cup which starts in June.
Why bring Ben Stokes back?
Ben Stokes has been a standout performer for England’s cricket team and regularly captains the side. His skills with both the bat and the ball have made him one of the most valuable members of the team, and he is also a vocal and experienced leader.
England’s Plan to Bring Stokes Back
Stokes has been on an extended break from cricket in order to take some much-needed rest, and England are hoping to entice him back by offering an attractive financial package. The team is expected to talk to the player about a short-term agreement for the World Cup and potentially other series later in the year.
Key Points for England
This move could be beneficial for England in multiple ways. Here are some of the key points:
- Experience: Stokes has plenty of experience in both ODI and T20 cricket, which will be invaluable for England during the World Cup.
- Skill: Stokes is an all-rounder and a potential match-winner. His ability to turn a game with the bat or the ball can be a difference-maker for England.
- Leadership: As previously mentioned, Stokes is an experienced leader and his return would be a boost to the team morale.
It remains to be seen whether or not England can tempt Stokes out of retirement. If they are successful, then it could be one of the biggest decisions for the team’s future.