After Ben Stokes led England to glory on this T20 World Cup, the massive query now’s whether or not he might be tempted out of one-day retirement forward of the crew’s defence of their 50-over title in India subsequent yr.
The talismanic all-rounder’s heroics with the bat in Sunday’s Twenty20 remaining towards Pakistan in Melbourne adopted up his match-winning show within the heart-stopping finale of the ODI World Cup towards New Zealand at Lord’s in 2019.
England at the moment are the primary nation to carry each males’s white-ball world cups on the identical time, an achievement that can cement this crew’s legacy as one of many best to have performed limited-overs cricket.
Nevertheless, they wouldn’t have executed it with out Stokes’s interventions in each finals, along with his nerveless innings of 52 from 49 balls on the MCG on Sunday getting England to their goal of 138 on a tough pitch.
Stokes retired from ODI cricket in July, having fun with an emotional farewell to the format towards South Africa on his dwelling floor at Durham. That call got here after he had taken over the England Check captaincy in the beginning of the summer time and with the worldwide schedule so packed, one thing needed to give.
But Matthew Mott, England’s white-ball coach, has revealed he’ll ask Stokes whether or not he would rethink popping out of one-day retirement only for the World Cup in India that takes place in October and November subsequent yr.
“Completely,” Mott stated. “Properly, when he spoke to me about his ODI retirement, one of many first issues I stated was that I’d again any choice he made however I stated to him he didn’t essentially must retire, he might simply not play 50-overs for some time.
“I did say you can all the time unretire. That’s his choice. It’s going to be a World Cup yr and we don’t play a lot T20 cricket for some time however it will likely be as much as him. The extra we will get him is nice. He’s doing a tremendous job with the Check captaincy however he’s a really massive cog within the wheel when he comes again to white-ball.”
The thought of Stokes heading right into a World Cup having not performed an ODI for 18 months isn’t that outlandish given he had an identical period of time away from T20 cricket earlier than touchdown in Australia final month forward of this match.
Mott, although, admits he has not but spoken to Stokes about coming again for subsequent yr’s World Cup. “He’s his personal man and he’ll make his personal choices. He’ll do what’s proper for English cricket and he all the time has. That was a part of his choice to retire from ODI cricket. He didn’t suppose he might give it his all and credit score to him for making that call as a result of he’s such a particular commodity for English cricket.”
England solely play 12 ODIs earlier than heading to India for the World Cup and regardless of his Check commitments, Stokes might feasibly play in both the collection towards New Zealand or Eire on the finish of the summer time given the Ashes towards Australia might be completed by the top of July.
No matter his choice, Mott. was in awe of the best way Stokes impressed England to victory on this match, the Australian saying: “He’s been unbelievable. I didn’t know Stokesey that effectively. We labored with him a bit over the summer time. He got here into this squad and has added a lot management across the group and also you knew [in the T20 final] so long as he was there we’d be okay as a result of that’s been confirmed over historical past.
“He got here in for a little bit of criticism in T20 cricket coming into this match and he’s proven his class.
“Stokesy, I don’t know what you may say about him. He’s simply a type of folks. I bear in mind again within the previous period somebody like Ian Botham had that influence on groups. At any time when he’s received the ball or bat in his hand, you are feeling like you may have an opportunity of profitable the sport. He did that a lot all through this match.”
Mott’s shut relationship with Check coach Brendon McCullum, the New Zealander who resurrected the crew’s fortunes with six wins out of seven final summer time, may additionally clean any passage again for Stokes into one-day cricket.
The pair share an agent and Mott admitted: “I believe everybody thought they received the roles combined round at one stage as a result of they thought I may need been extra crimson ball and Baz extra white ball, however he had a imaginative and prescient he was going to try to reinvent the tradition of Check cricket and I believe he’s executed that exceptionally effectively. We’ve been in contact loads. We return a good distance and have a fantastic rapport.”
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Match of the match: India v Pakistan
This prompt basic during which India got here again from the useless towards their bitter rivals was performed out in entrance of 90,293 on the Melbourne Cricket Floor. The electrical ambiance added to the event as this match lit the match alight. Needing 28 to win from the ultimate eight balls, India someway received over the road as Pakistan misplaced their nerve, with Virat Kohli’s good 82 from 53 balls in the end the distinction.
Participant of the match: Ben Stokes
Stood up within the pivotal moments to make sure his crew received this World Cup. With out his unbeaten 42 from 36 balls in England’s remaining Tremendous 12 recreation towards Sri Lanka, they most likely would have been eradicated on the group stage. They might have misplaced to Pakistan within the remaining, too, had Stokes not dug in for a match-winning half-century.
Greatest innings: Lorcan Tucker’s 71 not out from 48 balls (Eire v Australia)
Kohli’s knock towards Pakistan, Jos Buttler’s 73 in England’s must-win group match towards New Zealand and Alex Hales’ 86 from 47 balls towards India that propelled England into the ultimate are all excessive up the listing. However with out Lorcan Tucker’s intervention, Buttler’s crew wouldn’t have made it to the knockout stage. Eire have been 25 for five chasing 180 on the Gabba as Australia hunted a decisive benefit in web run price that will have seen them qualify for the semi-finals from Group 1 forward of England. But Tucker’s knock in a shedding trigger denied the hosts the large victory they badly wanted.
Greatest bowling: Lungi Ngidi’s 4 for 29
Sam Curran’s hauls of 5 for 10 in England’s first recreation towards Afghanistan and three for 12 within the remaining get honourable mentions. However Ngidi’s 4 for 29 towards India that arrange what appeared a vital win for South Africa in Group 2 was the very best spell of the match. Ngidi blew away India’s prime three – KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Kohli all falling earlier than the seamer eliminated Hardik Pandya as India have been restricted to 133 for 9 to arrange an easy chase.
Greatest catch: Roelof van der Merwe
This was the second the Netherlands began believing they might beat South Africa of their remaining group match as Van der Merwe (proper) took a surprising catch within the deep to dismiss David Miller. Stationed at brief wonderful leg, Van der Merwe began working as quickly as Miller top-edged the ball into the stratosphere behind him. By the point it got here again down he was in a position to take a panoramic diving effort and South Africa misplaced their fifth wicket.
Greatest shock: Netherlands v South Africa
This match has not been wanting upsets, however South Africa’s newest choke at a significant match, this time towards the Dutch, tops the lot given their failure to chase down 159 dumped them out of the match and as an alternative handed Pakistan a spot within the semi-finals.
Greatest flop: West Indies
West Indies crashing out within the preliminary stage because the two-time winners of the match did not get out of a bunch containing Zimbabwe, Eire and Scotland.
Greatest disappointment: Poor crowds
The poor crowds didn’t paint Australian cricket in the very best gentle. The climate, the time of yr, the Aussies’ indifference to T20 and other people nonetheless reluctant to go to massive occasions after Covid have all been supplied as excuses. However the truth that even Australia’s matches have been nowhere close to sell-outs wasn’t nice. In addition to selecting to play the match within the equal of what could be April within the UK, this could rely towards Australia in terms of awarding them world cricket occasions once more.
Moeen criticises England’s ‘horrible’ schedule
Moeen Ali has criticised England’s “horrible” schedule that continues with a one-day collection towards Australia, beginning simply 4 days after their T20 World Cup remaining triumph.
A squad containing 9 gamers concerned within the victorious Twenty20 marketing campaign will play the primary of three ODIs towards the Australians in Adelaide on Thursday.
Moeen has been away with England since mid-September, captaining the crew for seven T20s in Pakistan earlier than their arrival in Australia final month. Now he’s amongst these gamers who’ve been requested to remain on an additional eight days to play one-day matches in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne.
Requested concerning the upcoming collection that can lower brief England’s celebrations, Moeen stated: “It’s a type of issues the place we’ve received to clearly soak all of it in and all that stuff, however yeah, simply no matter. No matter.
“It’s been occurring for some time as a result of once we received [the 50-over World Cup] in 2019, we had an Ashes recreation two weeks later and we had a Check match towards Eire a number of days after profitable. These issues are a disgrace. As a bunch, we wish to get pleasure from and rejoice and have that point since you put a lot into it as effectively. It’s not simply whereas the match is occurring, there’s the pre-tournament, the build-up and all that.
“So, sure, having a recreation in three days’ time, it’s horrible. However it’s higher than two days’ time – if Sunday had received rained off [and the reserve day for the final been used] it might have been most likely two days. As gamers, we’re getting used to it now. However to present a 100 per cent on a regular basis is troublesome if you’re taking part in each two, three days.”
England’s Australian coach Matthew Mott agreed the schedule was removed from perfect. “I can’t lie. We all the time noticed that collection one thing we should be actually skilled about.
“We’ve received to get pleasure from this victory. They don’t come round fairly often so there’ll be no disguising the very fact we’ll get pleasure from this. However come recreation day, we’ve received to show up and ensure we put out a fantastic effort. The schedule is the schedule and we’ve received to maneuver with it,” he stated.