The star-all-rounder in the World, Ben Stokes decided to take his retirement from One-day international cricket back. He has been included in the ODI series against New Zealand starting at home. It is a major boost for the England side as they would be defending their title for the upcoming 50-over World Cup to be played in India starting from 5th October 2023. England cricket will face New Zealand in the four-match ODI series.
The team looks balanced and strong with the inclusion of Ben Stokes for this series. Jos Buttler will lead the side. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow will open the innings. Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, and Jos Buttler comprise middle-order batters.
David Willey, Reece Topley, Mark Wood, and Chris Woakes are the pace bowling options for this series. Gus Atkinson performing well in the Hundred tournament has been included. There are plenty of all-round options with the likes of Sam Curran, and Liam Livingstone. Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid are two front-line spin bowling options.
Liam Livingstone and Joe Root could do the job as part-time spinners if one of the two spinners gets belted. England won the 50-over World Cup title for the first time by winning via boundary count against New Zealand in the 2019 finals.
Ben Stokes’s impact on the England ODI team
Ben Stokes had a major impact in the 2019 World Cup with bat and ball. He featured in 11 matches (10 innings) and scored a total of 465 runs with 5 half-centuries to his name including a best knock of 89. He showed his class in the finals against New Zealand remaining not out on 84 and helped England make it into Super Over. Stokes again showed brilliance in the Super Over.
Stokes announced his retirement from One-day international cricket against South Africa at Riverside Stadium, Chester le Street, Durham on 19th July 2022. After his retirement, the England team struggled in the ODI format. The all-rounder will have a major impact in the ODI series against New Zealand and look to showcase his skills during the 2023 World Cup.
England ODI Squad to face New Zealand
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Liam Livingstone, Jos Buttler (C), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Gus Atkinson, Adil Rashid.
The four ODI matches will be played on 8th September at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, 2nd one at Rose Bowl, Southampton on 10th September, Kennington Oval, London on 13th September, and the final ODI match to be played on 15th September at Lords, London.