The desire to compete in the World Cup motivated England’s star’s comeback.

The chance to win the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup for the second time in a row drew England’s star all-rounder back to the ODI format.

Ben Stokes recently reversed his decision to retire from one-day internationals and was named to England’s provisional squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in 2023. The star all-rounder had quit the One-Day International game due to an unsustainable work schedule, but he later changed his mind.

Stokes told the BBC that he would be able to reconsider his decision with time.

“Back then, it was: I’m done,” Stokes continued. “However, as time passes and new opportunities present themselves, you begin to think very differently than when I made my decision.”

“There were obviously a lot of things to consider.” First and foremost, I needed to see how I did in the Ashes before considering what I had after the World Cup. It was an easy decision to make when I felt I needed to make a decision and make myself available.”

The prospect of winning back-to-back Cricket World Cups enticed Stokes to return to the format.

“The words World Cup are quite motivating. Going into this one as world champions and having a hand in [winning] that in 2019 was an incredible moment for us as a team and for myself.

“One of the big things was the prospect of going in and potentially winning back-to-back World Cups.”

“Everyone knows, and it’s not arrogant of us to say we’re a great team.” We have a good depth of personnel to choose from, and our record since the World Cup has been excellent. We like our chances, but when it comes to World Cups, the question is who can handle the pressure the best on any given day.”

While Stokes was working with specialists to develop a long-term plan for his knee injury, his current priority was to play in the World Cup. At the same time, Stokes was eager to return as a true all-rounder the following year.

“I’ve had some good discussions with specialists in various fields about rehab and a plan for after the World Cup,” Stokes said. “There is a chance that something will happen after the World Cup.”

“There is a strategy in place. I know what’s going to happen; I just don’t think now is the time to say it.

“I want to be a genuine allrounder next summer; this winter is all about playing this World Cup and then getting this knee fixed.”

In the format, Stokes has been a consistent performer for England. He has 2924 ODI runs at an average of 38.98 and 13 centuries. He has also taken 74 ODI wickets at a strike rate of 42.39, with a best of 5/61.

His unbeaten 84 in the last Cricket World Cup final was crucial to England Men’s first-ever victory.