The ODI World Cup 2023 is round the corner and in a big update it has to be seen whether England skipper Ben Stokes turns around his ODI retirement. England white-ball coach Matthew Mott has opened up on Ben Stokes coming out of retirement with the ODI World Cup in line.
“The door is always open for a player of that quality, but we are also very aware that his main focus is red-ball cricket,” Mott told reporters. The England white-ball coach said that this was discussed with the limited-overs captain Jos Buttler and also with the England men’s cricket Director Rob Key. It was also revealed that the management gas not set a cut-off date for Stokes to make up his mind in this line.
“.…we need to keep a really flexible, open mind to players and when we sit down to pick that 15 for the World up, we want to pick the best players possible,” Mott said.
It is to be noted that Ben Stokes had called off this time in 50-over cricket last year (2022) citing workload management. The 31-year-old finished with the Player of the Match in the 2019 World Cup final and was also the top-scorer for the winning side in the T20 World Cup 2022.