limited overs captain of england if butler left it Ben Stokes to come back from ODI retirement And said that it would have been counterproductive to “discredit” the all-rounder to include him back in the squad for the upcoming 50-over World Cup.

Stokes, the hero of the 2019 World Cup and last year’s T20 success, was officially included back in the 50-over set-up on Wednesday ahead of England’s title defense in India this autumn. He basically retired from the format last summer This is treated as a “volatile” workload. Due to his commitments as Test captain and continued international schedule.

The 32-year-old has since dismissed suggestions that he would return to the format. He even described the period between the end of the men’s Ashes and the start of the five-match Test series against India in January 2024 as the ideal time to sort out the chronic problem with his left knee, which has recently affected his bowling. hindered his ability to do so. Campaign.

Speaking on Wednesday after Stokes was confirmed to return after missing 11 ODIs – including nine matches over the winter for which he was probably rested – national selector Luke Wright said it “needs to beg”. Wasn’t the case. That sentiment was echoed by Buttler, who was the only point of contact for the selectors given his close friendship with Stokes.

Having sown the seed very early, Stokes informed Buttler “a week or 10 days” after the Ashes was over in late July that he wanted to return.

Butler said, “To be honest, it was Ben’s call.” “You all know Ben very well by now – I don’t think anyone talking to him would persuade him.

“We had some conversations about this a while back and it was up to him to basically come to me if he wanted to come back. We’re glad he’s ready to come back and any time you Can welcome him. Very good in the team.

“Ben is his own man, he makes his own decisions. I’ve played with him for a long time, I’m a good friend of his. It’s really not right for me to tease him and say ‘come back, come back’ the way That’s how things work with Ben. He makes up his own mind and makes decisions.

“We had a few chats about it and left it up to him. I’m sure the allure of playing in the World Cup is huge for someone who is competitive and motivated to play in an England shirt. I’m happy.” That he made up for it and could come back.”

Stokes’ ODI record is arguably his best In all three formats, scored 2,924 runs in 105 matches at 38.98 and took 74 wickets at 42.39. However, the latter figure was not considered as Buttler reiterated that Stokes would play solely as a batsman.

Furthermore, his big-game ability is invaluable as England look to clinch three of the four ICC limited-overs trophies after missing out on the 2021 T20 World Cup. Stokes was Player of the match in 2019 ODI final, when his unbeaten 84 took England into the Super Over, in which he batted with Buttler, with the hosts eventually winning on boundary count after the score was tied. Last November, he Marshall chases down 138 at MCG England became the first team to hold both men’s World Cups simultaneously after scoring an unbeaten 52 against Pakistan.

Butler said, “I don’t think you need to tell me what Ben Stokes brings to the team.” “It’s fantastic to have Ben back available. Whenever a player of his quality is available again it’s fantastic. We are delighted to welcome him back.”


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