The “door is open” for Ben Stokes to come back out of 50-over retirement and play on the World Cup in India later this yr, says England coach Matthew Mott.
However the all-rounder did not rule out a U-turn last year amid requires him to take action after he led England to victory in the T20 World Cup final.
Mott mentioned England are completely satisfied to attend on a call.
“The door is at all times open for a participant of that high quality however we’re additionally very conscious that his important focus is is red-ball cricket because the captain,” Mott mentioned, talking earlier than England’s three-match ODI collection towards South Africa begins on Friday.
“We respect that and when he is prepared to talk, we’ll try this.”
Stokes was man of the match within the 2019 World Cup ultimate when England beat New Zealand in a dramatic tremendous over to win the trophy for the primary time.
When asserting his shock retirement final July he mentioned “there may be an excessive amount of cricket rammed in” for gamers to play all three codecs.
On the time he dominated out a World Cup return saying it could be “unfair” on these chosen in his place, however requested once more in November earlier than a Check collection in Pakistan he mentioned: “Who is aware of? In the mean time, being out right here, my focus is solely on this collection.
“Going to a World Cup is an incredible factor to do, to signify your nation. However in the intervening time I am not even fascinated about that.”
Requested whether or not England would give Stokes a deadline to make his choice by, Mott mentioned: “I’ve had some good discussions with Jos [Buttler, captain] and Rob Key [director of England men’s cricket] on this.
“What we have labored out, as you will note on this tour, is that gamers are taking part in a number of franchise cricket, coming out and in at totally different occasions, so we have to preserve a very versatile, open thoughts to gamers and after we sit down to choose that 15 for the World Cup, we wish to choose the very best gamers doable.”
The World Cup will likely be performed in October and November by which period England is not going to have performed a Check for greater than two months.
They don’t play once more within the longest format till early 2024, after they return to India for a five-match Check collection.
Archer ‘frothing’ to play
Stokes just isn’t within the England squad to play South Africa this week however quick bowler Jofra Archer might make his first worldwide look for nearly two years as he makes his comeback from damage.
Mott mentioned Archer was “frothing to play” however England will handle him all through a yr which incorporates an Ashes collection in addition to the World Cup.
“Having watched him from a distance, I feel he is one of the vital thrilling issues to have occurred in cricket for the final decade,” Mott mentioned.
“One of the best factor I can say is that we now have a common plan of what it [Archer’s schedule] may appear to be.
“We’ll work via it with him, see how his physique is coping. I undoubtedly assume he’s a excessive precedence and he will likely be managed in addition to doable.”