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Buttler Welcomes ‘Superstar’ Stokes Back Into England ODI Fold

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England, world champions in both white-ball formats, play the Black Caps in four T20s and four ODIs and Buttler admitted he was “delighted” to have Stokes back in the fold.

England limited- overs captain Jos Buttler hailed “ megastar ” Ben Stokes following his decision to come out of one- day transnational withdrawal.

Ben Stokes called time on his 50- over career last time due to enterprises over his chastising workload and a knee problem.

Still, the England Test commander blazoned his intention to play ODI justice again before this month and has been named in the team for the forthcoming series against New Zealand, with the World Cup in India brewing in October.

England, world titleholders in both white- ball formats, play the Black Caps in four T20s and four ODIs and Buttler admitted he was “ pleased ” to have Stokes back in the pack.

“It’s excellent news on all fronts, said Buttler. “ It’s great for justice to have a megastar like Ben Stokes in a World Cup.

“You want to see those players in those major showpiece events so it’s fantastic that he’s made himself available.

“When a player of that class is available again it’s a no- brainer really that you want them back in your platoon. ”

Stokes played a vital part in England’s 2019 World Cup triumph, scoring an unbeaten 84 in the final against New Zealand before starring in the Super Over alongside Buttler.

“You look at the impact he has in every game he plays really, but especially in the last couple of World Mugs (including the 2022 T20 World Cup), he’s the man in the middle with the pivotal moment, ” said Buttler.

“We ’re pleased to have him back. It’s not just the justice but everything differently he brings to the group. ”

All- rounder Stokes, 32, will be returning to the ODI team as a specialist batter and Buttler said he made his decision following the conclusion of the recent Ashes series, which ended 2- 2.

“He said he ’d be available as a batter and that was enough for me to just say ‘ brilliant, can’t stay to have you back ’, ” said Buttler.

England open the 20- over section of the New Zealand series at Chester- le- Street on Wednesday.

The first ODI takes place in Cardiff on September 8.

Although England have one eye on the World Cup latterly this time, Buttler is looking forward to a “ great test ” against the Black Caps.

“It’s great to be back together as a team having not played together since Bangladesh in March, ” he said.

“It’s veritably instigative stuff on the horizon obviously with the World Cup in India, but we start with the T20 series then against New Zealand which we ’re determined to do well in.

“Of course I suppose the main precedence is the ODIs against New Zealand– I suppose they ’ll be a great test for us ahead of the World Cup. ” Know More Latest Cricket News…

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