England’s World Cup selectors hope to lure Ben Stokes out of ODI retirement to help team defend their title in India this autumn, after passionate plea from white-ball coach Matthew Mott
- England hope to lure Ben Stokes out of ODI retirement for the World Cup
- White-ball coach Matthew Mott made a passionate plea to get Stokes back
- Jofra Archer is also being considered for the 18-man squad going to India
England’s selectors meet on Tuesday increasingly confident that Ben Stokes can be lured out of one-day retirement to play at this autumn’s World Cup.
As revealed in an exclusive interview with Mail Sport, England coach Matthew Mott is keen on using Stokes as a specialist batsman in defence of the 50-over title, and indications on Monday night were that serious consideration was being given to such an offer despite the Test captain giving up the format 13 months ago.
It is understood the 32-year-old could test out his white-ball sharpness with a couple of appearances for Northern Superchargers in the Hundred, potentially filling in while Harry Brook has a post-Ashes rest.
Stokes reiterated his retired status after leading England’s thrilling comeback from 2-0 down to draw the recent Test series against Australia 2-2, and it was mooted that he would use the upcoming five-month period of exclusively white-ball internationals to have left knee surgery.
However, rest from jumping activities like bowling is the primary treatment for patellar tendonitis – a cause of the pain – and the England hierarchy are hoping a thirst for further glory will tempt the double world champion.
England’s selectors hope Ben Stokes can be lured out of ODI retirement for the World Cup
England coach Matthew Mott wants Stokes as a specialist batsman as they defend their title
Stokes has been on a family holiday and will seek further medical advice in the coming days.
The selectors, including Stokes’ England co-captain Jos Buttler, pick 18 provisional names on Tuesday to travel to India, but do not have to publish them until September 5 and have a further three weeks beyond that date to finalise the official 15-man squad.
Such a timeline provides wiggle room on an announcement, but squads to face New Zealand and Ireland in limited-overs action between August 30-September 26 will be made public tomorrow.
Australian Mott, who oversaw the Twenty20 World Cup victory in his first major tournament with England, also told Mail Sport that he would ‘take risk’ on a proven performer like Jofra Archer for October’s event despite a stress fracture of the elbow sidelining the 2019 fast bowling hero for the past three months.