Ben Stokes’ inclusion in England’s squad for the New Zealand series confirms his return to the ODI team

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Ben Stokes is resuming his one-day international career in order to participate in England’s Cricket World Cup defence.

Last year, Stokes retired from ODIs, claiming that playing in all three formats was untenable.

The all-rounder, who also serves as England’s test captain, was a key member of the Twenty20 team that won the World Cup last year. Twenty20 is the game’s shortest format.

Since England chose him on Wednesday for the next four-match one-day series against New Zealand at home in September, he will now also be playing in the 50-over format once more. The majority of that team will compete in the Cricket World Cup, which will begin in India in October.

Luke Wright, an England national selector, commented that Ben Stokes’ comeback “only adds to that quality with his match-winning ability and leadership.” Every fan will relish seeing him back in an England ODI shirt, I’m sure of it.

Stokes participated in the just concluded Ashes series despite having a chronic knee problem that limited his ability to bowl as frequently as usual.

The 2019 Cricket World Cup final between England and New Zealand was won by England thanks to Stokes at Lord’s.

Jos Buttler (captain), Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Mark Wood, and Chris Woakes make up the England team for the New Zealand series.

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