England Test Skipper Ben Stokes announced his retirement from ODI cricket in 2022 to manage his workload. However, there was a sense of belief that he may return before the World Cup 2023, which will begin in India from October 5 to November 19. Recently during the fifth test of the Ashes Series, the all-rounder clarified that he has no plans to make his return to One Day Internationals and would instead go on a holiday after the Ashes.
Will Stokes play in the 2023 World Cup?
He revealed he has no plans to reverse his decision to retire from one-day cricket and play at this year’s ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup and will instead use the time to consider surgery for his ongoing knee injury. Stokes hurt his knee during England’s tour to New Zealand at the start of this year and managed to play just two matches for Chennai Super Kings in this year’s IPL edition.
Stokes has been exceptional for England in the last few years, helping the team win the ODI World Cup in 2019 and T20 World Cup in 2022. Over the years, the talented all-rounder has produced some superb individual efforts with the bat for his team. Ben Stoke’s incredible knocks at the final of ODI WC 2019 and T20 WC 2022 earned England two major trophies. His involvement in the squad would have increased England’s chance of advancing to the knockout stage in the upcoming World Cup and will help his country to defend their 50-over world cup title in India.
“The all-rounder also acknowledged that he is still unable to bowl with the full potential, having not bowled in the ongoing Ashes after the second test due to his serious knee issue. The Test Captain suggested that after the Ashes would be a good opportunity for him to discuss the injury with the medical staff. That is an excellent time to have some serious conversations with the doctors to solve the problem and be able to bowl without having to worry about my knee. It’s something I want to get sorted,” Stokes said.
Ben Stokes also stated his ambition of going to Australia and winning the Ashes in 2025, failing to do that at home this year as rain in Manchester draws the fourth test match.” It’d be nice to go out to Australia at the end of 2025 and have a good chance of winning. It would be nice to say I won it twice.” He hopes for his return as they travel to India for the next series against India at the start of 2024.