Ben Stokes comes out of ODI retirement forward of World Cup bid

Ben Stokes has been lured out of his ODI retirement forward of the World Cup whereas uncapped paceman Gus Atkinson has emerged as a bolter for England’s defence of their crown in India.

Stokes referred to as time on his 50-over profession 13 months in the past as a consequence of a demanding workload and issues abound a couple of continual left knee downside that meant he didn’t bowl by any means within the final three Ashes Tests.

However, the Test captain may have a specialist batting position after answering a plea from white-ball counterpart Jos Buttler to make himself obtainable for England’s bid to retain their World Cup title.

England tackle New Zealand in 4 tune-up ODIs subsequent month and Stokes has been included in a 15-strong squad that’s prone to strongly resemble the touring celebration for the World Cup in October and November.

England males’s nationwide selector Luke Wright mentioned: “Any series against New Zealand is closely fought and will provide us with an ideal opportunity to test ourselves against one of the best teams in the world.

“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.”

Dawid Malan – who made ODI tons in Australia, South Africa and Bangladesh over the winter – retains his spot forward of Harry Brook, with the Yorkshireman seemingly the batter to make means for Stokes’ return.

While the return of a participant who made essential knocks in each the 2019 World Cup remaining and final yr’s T20 equal was widely-anticipated, England have thrown a curve ball in choosing Surrey’s Atkinson.

The 25-year-old began the home season outdoors Surrey’s XI however he has impressed in all codecs in current months, particularly in The Hundred the place he was clocked bowling at 95mph for Oval Invincibles.

With Jofra Archer unlikely to be match for the beginning of the World Cup as he recovers from his newest elbow damage, England have an opportunity to place their new specific fast via his tempo in opposition to the Kiwis.

White-ball head coach Matthew Mott intimated within the Mail on Sunday England might threat taking their 2019 tremendous over hero to India if there’s a probability he may characteristic within the latter phases of the World Cup.

But Archer is unavailable to face the Black Caps in a sequence that begins on September 8 in Cardiff, the place Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow are poised for his or her first ODI appearances in additional than a yr.

Root, who has featured in simply 15 ODIs because the 2019 World Cup remaining, missed England’s winter programme within the format as a consequence of his Test duties whereas Bairstow was absent due to a badly damaged leg.

Big-hitting all-rounder Liam Livingstone and left-arm seamer David Willey additionally return to the set-up after lacking England’s most up-to-date ODI sequence in opposition to Bangladesh in March.

A separate squad to tackle Ireland on the again finish of September will likely be named at a later date, with England as a consequence of announce a provisional World Cup group by September 5, which they have to finalise by September 28. England’s remaining squad will comprise 15 gamers plus three travelling reserves.

England’s white-ball programme this summer time begins with a four-match T20 sequence in opposition to New Zealand from August 30 to September 5, with Brook having the comfort of being named in that 15-man group.

Hampshire seamer John Turner has earned his first senior call-up whereas Atkinson may make his England debut within the sequence, with Josh Tongue, who has caught the attention within the Test aspect, set for his maiden expertise of England’s limited-overs set-up.

Stokes will not be part of this squad the place fringe contenders Rehan Ahmed and fellow all-rounder Will Jacks, plus left-arm seamer Luke Wood have been chosen.

England ODI squad to face New Zealand from September 8-15: J Buttler (captain), M Ali, G Atkinson, J Bairstow, S Curran, L Livingstone, D Malan, A Rashid, J Root, J Roy, B Stokes, R Topley, D Willey, M Wood, C Woakes.

England T20 squad to face New Zealand from August 30-September 5: J Buttler (captain), R Ahmed, M Ali, G Atkinson, J Bairstow, H Brook, S Curran, B Duckett, W Jacks, L Livingstone, D Malan, A Rashid, J Tongue, J Turner, L Wood.

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