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England white-ball coach Matthew Mott has expressed his ideas on star all-rounder Ben Stokes’ return to the ODI setup, saying that the door is “at all times open” if he needs to make a comeback. Notably, Stokes introduced his ODI retirement in July final yr citing the bodily and psychological calls for of enjoying all three codecs.
Stokes, who’s at present England’s red-ball captain, performed 105 ODIs for the staff, scoring 2924 runs at a median and strike price of 38.98 and 95.08 respectively, together with three centuries and 21 half-centuries. He additionally picked 74 wickets at an economic system price of 6.09, together with one five-wicket haul.
“The door is at all times open for a participant of that high quality however we’re additionally very conscious that his primary focus is red-ball cricket because the captain,” the 49-year-old mentioned whereas talking to reporters forward of England’s three-match ODI sequence towards South Africa, ranging from January 27.
Mott acknowledged that Stokes is one in every of England’s finest all-rounders and having a participant of his caliber again within the squad could be greater than something England would need, particularly with the ODI World Cup scheduled to be performed in India later in 2023. England are at present the defending champions and Mott emphasised that they might do anyhting to defend their title.
Nonetheless, Mott made an essential level concerning Stokes’ comeback, stating it will be significant for the English administration to respect his mind-set and well being. Notably, Stokes had taken an indefinite break from cricket resulting from psychological well being cause in 2021.
“We respect that and when he is prepared to speak, we’ll try this. We have to preserve a very versatile, open thoughts to gamers and after we sit down to select that 15 for the World Cup, we need to decide the perfect gamers attainable,” Mott concluded.
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