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Last Update on: August 16th, 2023 at 10:38 am

England’s Test specialist James Anderson opened up about all-rounder Ben Stokes coming out of retirement in the 50-over format ahead of the ODI World Cup 2023. James Anderson emphasized that Ben Stokes’ return will significantly boost England’s chances to defend the World Cup.

England’s white-ball coach Matthew Mott recently revealed that captain Jos Buttler will engage in discussions with Ben Stokes regarding his potential availability for the tournament. Stokes is reportedly considering a return from retirement to rejoin the team for the series against New Zealand

Ben Stokes Wants To Play In The Big Tournaments – James Anderson

Speaking to Sky Sports, James Anderson admitted that he won’t be surprised if Ben Stokes makes a U-turn to make himself available for the World Cup.

“It wouldn’t be because knowing Ben, he wants to play in the big tournaments. Obviously was a huge part of 2019 so having a chance to defend that title he would love and relish,” said Anderson.

Stokes announced his retirement from the 50-over format in July 2022 at the age of 31, citing that he couldn’t manage the workload of playing all three formats of the game.

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Ben Stokes Is The Most Complete Person – James Anderson

Anderson suggested that the workload could be the main factor affecting Stokes’ decision-making, given the extensive cricket commitments ahead.

“Just think with the workload – that’s sort of what would be his down in his head with so much cricket going on and so much cricket coming up with the five-test series in India next year and the IPL straight after that. It’s whether he could manage all that,” he added.

“He is the most complete person I’ve played with. He’s got absolutely everything in bucketloads. The talent on the field that can win you matches with bat, ball or in the field. And what has stood out for me with his captaincy is the emotional intelligence. Getting the best out of people, knowing when to put an arm around someone, knowing when to leave someone out or give him a kick on the back side,” he further added.

The star all-rounder shone with both bat and ball in the 2019 edition. He amassed 465 runs at an impressive average of 66.42 and also took seven wickets in 11 matches. He was named Player of the Match for his unbeaten 84-run knock in the final against New Zealand.

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