Former Australian Test captain Tim Paine is angry with England Test captain Ben Stokes for returning from ODI retirement to compete in the World Cup. In July last year, the 32-year-old Stokes had announced his retirement from ODIs, claiming that playing in three different formats had become “unsustainable” for him. However, he came out of retirement to join the 15-man England squad for the limited-overs match against New Zealand at home, a warm-up series for the World Cup in India.
“Penn said. The limited-overs series against New Zealand will feature 15 players, including Stokes, who will likely bat as a specialist as bowling worsens his long-standing knee condition.
Paine said that the England Cricket Board’s selection of Stokes for the New Zealand series has caused harm to Harry Brook. The fastest player to score 1,000 Test runs on a per-ball basis, Brook achieved the feat in 1,058 balls, although he was not selected for the team.
“I’m not sure, Stokes is not bowling, Ben Stokes or Harry Brook? Like a bat. It would be really close. However, Paine admitted that both hosts India and defending ODI World Cup champions England will go into the upcoming championship as favourites.
Paine further said, “Maybe (India and England, who are now favourites), I think the Australians can win if they get fired up.”
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