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Ben Stokes Took A U-Turn From ODI Retirement For World Cup 2023: England Test captain Ben Stokes has reversed his decision to retire from ODIs, keeping himself available for selection in the next ODI World Cup 2023 in India. Ben Stokes will don the England one-day shirt once more, this time against New Zealand in a 50-over match starting on September 8.

Stokes, who was named Player of the Match in the 2019 World Cup final, announced his retirement from the ODI format in July last year, soon after taking over as Test captain, stating that playing all three formats of the game had become “unsustainable” for him due to his delicate physique and rigorous schedule. Stokes’ decision to come out of retirement comes after England’s team management expressed a desire to have him back for the World Cup.

Ben will continue to captain England in Tests. With no Test cricket scheduled for England until January 2024, he has a chance to return to the 50-over format. However, he has not been selected for the T20I series against New Zealand. It should be remembered that he has not formally resigned from T20Is, albeit he does limit his T20I appearances following his ODI retirement.

Stokes last played his last ODI against South Africa on July 2022. In 105 One-Day Internationals, he has scored 2,924 runs at an average of 38.98 and a strike rate of more than 95. In 90 innings, he has three centuries and 21 fifties. He’s also taken 74 wickets in the format, with a high of 5/61.

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Ben Stokes Is Named In 15 Member Squad Against New Zealand

England has planned four warm-up ODIs against New Zealand on home soil in the coming month. Stokes, who was named to a 15-man team on Wednesday, maybe a vital component in the line-up, which is anticipated to mirror the side that will travel to India for the World Cup.

Stokes, who played a key part in England’s World Cup final triumph over New Zealand at Lord’s in 2019, may now take on the role of a specialist batsman as England looks to defend their title in India, which begins in October.

England ODI squad: Jos Buttler (c), Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Sam Curran, Gus Atkinson

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Wahab Riaz Took Retirement From the International Cricket

Wahab Riaz, Pakistan’s fast bowler, has announced his retirement from international cricket, capping off a 15-year career for his country. The Pakistani star cricketer has decided to concentrate completely on franchise cricket, and he will continue to play for other clubs in T20 tournaments throughout the world.

Wahab played 27 Tests, 91 ODIs, and 36 Twenty20 Internationals for Pakistan before retiring in 2020. He got 83 Test wickets at an average of 34.50, 120 ODI wickets at 34.30, and 34 T20I wickets at 28.55. He is presently a Peshawar Zalmi player in the Pakistan Super League 2023.