Jos Buttler opens up Ben Stokes’ selection over Harry Brook

Jos Buttler opened and weighed in the debate of Stokes’ selection over Harry Brook. The English captain talks about the decision and its impacts.

Jos Buttler, the captain of England’s white-ball team, claimed that the all-rounder Ben Stokes’ decision to come out of ODI retirement and compete in the ODI World Cup later this year as a specialist hitter has slightly altered the team’s dynamic.

From October 5 to November 19, Ben Stokes, who was named Player of the Match in the thrilling 2019 Men’s ODI World Cup final at Lord’s, will play 50-over cricket once more to support England in their title defence in India.

Buttler also discussed Stokes’ role in the team, stating that he will give the team batting depth and the ability to bowl a few overs. “Of course, Ben Stokes coming back and being available just as a batter sort of changes the dynamic a little bit. Ben’s a fantastic player to be able to welcome back, so it’s a really tough selection,” Jos Buttler was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.

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Harry Brook dropped for Stokes

One of the biggest talking points over Stokes’ inclusion into the ODI squad has been that his presence in the team means that exciting young batter, Harry Brook was left out of the squad. According to England’s white-ball captain, Buttler there are still chances of Brook making a comeback in the team. 

Buttler while talking about Harry Brook’s chances of getting back into the team said, “There’s still a long time before everyone is meant to get on the plane, so we’ll wait and see what happens. We all know Harry’s a fantastic player and we saw what he can do the other night. It’s not like it’s a surprise: we know what a brilliant player he is, he’s just the unfortunate one at the moment to not be in that squad at the moment.”

In the ongoing Men’s Hundred 2023, Brook led Northern Superchargers to an 8-wicket triumph on Tuesday against Welsh Fire with an electrifying undefeated inning of 105 runs in 42 deliveries.

He is a member of the 15-person team that will play New Zealand in a four-match T20 International series starting on August 30. Ben Stokes, the team’s hero at the 2019 World Cup, flipped the tables and came out of retirement to defend the championship.

Does England have a problem of plenty?

English wicketkeeper captain, Buttler believes that someone of Harry Brook’s calibre being left out of the team speaks about the quality of the team they currently have. Buttler said, “We’re blessed with a lot of strength in depth and talent. (There are) excellent players not in that provisional squad at the moment. It’s been the nature of England squads in the white-ball teams over the last few years really, which is a great sign for us. They’re good problems to have.”

England’s provisional squad for the World Cup: Jos Buttler (captain), Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes.

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