England all-rounder Ben Stokes said he knew during the Ashes series that he was going to reverse his decision to retire from one-day cricket in time for next month's World Cup, and that he had ruled out a comeback to throw the media off the scent.
Stokes, who last month reversed his retirement from ODI cricket, hammered a 124-ball 182 to record England's highest individual score in the 50-overs format, bettering Jason Roy's previous record of 180.
England thrashed New Zealand by 181 runs to win the third one-day international at The Oval on Wednesday as they went 2-1 up in a four-match series.
Ben Stokes has urged understanding for players who choose to optimise their earning potential at the expense of international duty, saying "the landscape of cricket is changing in front of our eyes".
England batter Joe Root has deemed Test skipper Ben Stokes as the best player that the country has ever produced as he praised the match-winning ability of Stokes on Tuesday.
Stokes quit the ODI format 13 months ago due to a demanding workload as a multi-format player and amid concerns about a chronic left knee injury.
England's talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes has reversed his decision to retire from one-day internationals (ODI) and was included in the squad for the upcoming series against New Zealand, the country's cricket board said on Wednesday.
Jimmy Anderson, England's leading Test wicket-taker, made his debut the last time his country faced Zimbabwe in 2003
Ben Stokes retired from One Day Internationals in July 2022 and as recently as in the aftermath of the Ashes, had reiterated his intentions of staying retired from the 50-over format to be fit for the Test series against India in early 2024.