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Ben Stokes ended his ODI career in July 2022 but afterwards changed his mind and was selected for England’s preliminary team to compete in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in 2023.

The return of Ben Stokes to 50-over cricket was one of the main takeaways from England’s selection announcement for the New Zealand ODI series and the World Cup.

Given Stokes’ knee injury, England coach Matthew asked Mott if he would prefer to see Stokes return primarily as a batter. Before deciding on the team, he had said that Jos Buttler, the captain of the white-ball team, would speak with Stokes about the situation.

Buttler recounted the conversation’s facts, claiming that Stokes reached the final decision without much convincing.

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Jos Buttler admitted, “To be honest, it was Ben’s call.” You all know Ben very well by this point; I doubt that talking to him will sway him.We had several discussions about it quite some time ago, and I basically just told him to come to me if he wanted to return. We are thrilled that he feels prepared to return, and it would be wonderful if you could do so whenever you can.

Ben is a very independent individual who takes charge of his own destiny. He and I have played together for a very long period, and we are close friends. Ben doesn’t really respond well to me nagging him and pleading with him to return. He makes choices and decisions in large part on his own.We had various discussions about it before leaving it in his hands. Someone who is as competitive and motivated to wear an England jersey as he is must find the prospect of competing in the World Cup to be pretty alluring. I’m happy he could and felt up to returning.

One of the key players in England’s victory over New Zealand in the thrilling World Cup final was Stokes. When it mattered most, Stokes scored 84* to win Player of the Match and send the match into a Super Over.

Ben Stokes played only 10 ODIs following his World Cup exploits as England developed a policy to balance players’ workloads across different forms. Stokes ultimately made the decision to discontinue playing ODIs in order to pursue a career in other formats.

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Stokes’ decision has been altered by the allure of the World Cup, and Buttler is overjoyed to welcome back a proven match-winner for the biggest cricketing event of the year.

“I don’t think you need me to tell you what Ben Stokes brings to a team,” Buttler remarked. “It’s wonderful that Ben is back in the picture. It’s wonderful whenever a player of his calibre becomes available once more. We are overjoyed to have him back.

In England’s forthcoming four-match series against New Zealand, which begins on September 8, Stokes is set to make his ODI comeback. The series will be essential for Stokes and both sides to get warmed up for the World Cup, which will start on October 5 with an England-New Zealand match at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium.

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