The English team will become even more vital to defend their World Cup trophy as Ben Stokes has reversed his ODI retirement. The selectors included him in the series against the Black Caps. Previously, he was on vacation with his family and was facing some health concerns. But ECB has called for his help, and Stokes is on the crease for England.
England Men’s National Selector Luke Wright reiterated the excitement around Stokes’ return, underlining the dynamic player’s match-winning qualities and leadership prowess. The thought of seeing Stokes return in an England ODI shirt has piqued the interest of cricket fans worldwide.
Stokes will substantially contribute to the team’s victory in the World Cup.
“The return of Ben Stokes only adds to that quality with his match-winning ability and leadership. I am certain that every fan will enjoy seeing him back in an England ODI shirt again.”Luke Wright on Ben Stokes
While Stokes’ comeback is the main focus of the announcement, there were some shocks and omissions. Notably absent from the roster is Jofra Archer, who is still recovering from an injury. Surrey’s uncapped pacer Gus Atkinson takes Archer’s place in the 15-man squad.
Atkinson’s white-ball expertise in domestic cricket and franchise leagues and an outstanding 60 wickets in List-A and T20 matches make him an impressive addition to the team’s fast-bowling arsenal.
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The cricket action is poised to begin as England prepares for the forthcoming four-match One-Day International series, which starts on September 8 in Cardiff. This series is crucial for both countries as they fine-tune their strategy and squads ahead of the highly anticipated World Cup.
The encounter between England and the other team in the tournament opener on 5 October in Ahmedabad promises to be a fantastic spectacle, setting the tone for the intriguing contests.
England’s squad against The Kiwis
Here is England’s squad for the New Zealand Series.
As the countdown to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 begins, cricket fans and England fans alike look forward to the action-packed contests.
The setting is set for a compelling show of cricketing talent, friendship, and tough competition, with Ben Stokes’ return bringing new energy and promise into the side.
Stay tuned for a cricketing extravaganza that will fascinate and inspire fans worldwide.