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Door open for Ben Stokes to end ODI retirement and play World Cup: Matthew Mott | Cricket news

LONDON: The door is open for Test Captain Ben Stokes to end his retirement from one-day internationals and join England‘s title defense at the 50-over World Cup in India later this year, white-ball coach Matthijs Mott said.
Stokes was named Player of the Match in the 2019 World Cup Final as England defeated New Zealand at Lord’s and was their top goalscorer in the T20 World Cup Final at Australia last year.
He decided to retire from one-day cricket last year due to his workload, but Mott said he would be happy to discuss the situation if things changed ahead of the World Cup in October-November.
“The door is always open for a player of that quality, but we are also very aware that his main focus is on red-ball cricket as captain,” Mott told reporters ahead of the three-match ODI series in South Africa start on Friday.
“We respect that and when he’s ready to talk, we will.”
Mott said he had discussed the matter with captain Jos Buttler and the director of England men’s cricket Rob Key and they had not set a deadline for Stokes to make up his mind.
“…we need to have a really flexible, open mind to players and when we sit down to pick those 15 for the World Cup, we want to pick the best possible players,” he added.
Ahead of the series against South Africa, Mott said a fit speedster again Jofra Sagittarius was “foam to play” after almost two years on the sidelines.
“Having watched him from a distance, I think he’s one of the most exciting things to happen in cricket in the last decade,” said Mott.
“The best I can say is that we have a general plan of what it (Archer’s schedule) could look like.
“We’ll go over it with him, see how his body can handle it. I definitely think he’s a high priority and he’ll be managed as best we can.”

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