England pace bowler James Anderson has admitted that he isn’t surprised by the possible return of their all-rounder Ben Stokes to the ODI squad a year after announcing his retirement from the 50-over format before the 2023 World Cup. With the mega event less than two months away, England white-ball coach Matthew Mott opined about having Stokes back in the ODI team leading up to the World Cup as they look to defend the title from 2019 as well.
Speaking to Sky Sports, James Anderson said, “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. 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..”
The veteran has also named Ben Stokes as the “most complete person” he has played with, particularly as captain as well.
“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,” further added James Anderson.
However, James Anderson continued applauding the England Test skipper Ben Stokes, particularly his effect on the rest of the team as well. Since taking over as captain, Stokes, along with head coach Brendon McCullum, has led England to 13 wins in 18 Tests as well.
“He gets everything spot on from the way he talks to the group, the way he controls things in the field when he is captain as well, his declarations, his positivity, everything has been really just eye opening for me. It has had an effect on the way other players play as well. He’s just a fantastic person to have around and learn from,” concluded James Anderson.