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Big boost to England ahead of World Cup 2023

Big boost to England ahead of World Cup 2023

Dazzling the cricket world, the illustrious all-rounder from England, Ben Stokes, has executed a stunning reversal of his decision to step back from one-day internationals (ODIs), as confirmed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday.

Emerging with left-handed flair, Stokes finds himself reinstated in the squad, poised for the imminent series against New Zealand.

The curtain had seemingly descended on his ODI journey in the past July, a mere two months after donning the mantle of England’s Test captain.

The ripples of his comeback extend far beyond mere matches; his decision to unretire now ushers him back into the fold for England’s title defense in the 50-overs Cricket World Cup slated for October and November.

Luke Wright, England Men’s National Selector, emphasized, “This is the squad we are going to put forward. It’s incredibly hard on some players that are going to miss out. It shows the strength and depth we have in English Cricket and there are other names who are knocking on the door as well. With the balance of the squad, and with only fifteen that you can name it’s incredibly tough.”

The return of Ben Stokes amplifies the team’s caliber with his match-defining prowess and leadership qualities. His reentry into the England ODI jersey is bound to be a spectacle cherished by every cricket enthusiast.

Noteworthy achievements pepper Stokes’ journey, including his title of Player of the Match in the 2019 World Cup final, where his unbeaten 84 powered England’s dramatic triumph over New Zealand in a super over showdown on home turf.

Further etching his legacy, he forged a match-winning knock of 52 not out, steering England to the Twenty20 World Cup glory last year, clinching victory over Pakistan in the final held in Melbourne.

Nonetheless, Stokes’ persistent left knee ailment, resurfacing this year, casts a shadow of concern over England. His omission from bowling duties in the final three Ashes Tests in July saw England rally back from a 2-0 deficit against Australia, eventually leveling the series 2-2.

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