Cricket World Cup 2023: England Captain Jos Buttler is considering the possibility of Ben Stokes playing against South Africa
Cricket World Cup 2023: Jos Buttler, the captain of the England cricket team, shared his perspective on the potential inclusion of all-rounder Ben Stokes in the upcoming World Cup match against South Africa.
Stokes decided to come out of retirement in order to participate in the 50-over format, with the aim of making a valuable contribution to England's efforts in defending their title.
However, since his arrival in India, Stokes has not been able to play a single match due to a minor hip injury he sustained during a practise session prior to their first match against New Zealand.
Stokes, who is eager to get back on the pitch, has announced that he is available for the match against the Proteas on Thursday.
Following the unexpected defeat to Afghanistan in their previous match, Buttler will be carefully considering all available options.
Yes, I believe I have numerous options to choose from within the squad selection. It can be quite challenging to determine the right balance, especially considering the specific venue.
Today, I had the opportunity to assess the wicket and gather additional information, which has been beneficial. Clearly, Ben had a highly productive training session last night. It is wonderful to see him return. He clearly brings a lot to the field with his presence, leadership skills, and reliability as someone to turn to. Buttler stated in the pre-match press conference that he believes he brings significant value.
Buttler also discussed South Africa, their opponents in the World Cup, acknowledging their impressive style of cricket in the tournament.
South Africa has declared itself as a formidable force after their impressive 134-run victory over Australia.
Buttler discussed the threat posed by the Proteas and acknowledged, "Yes, I believe they have been playing excellent cricket. Their top six batsmen are particularly strong, and their pace bowling is a notable asset.
" I believe both teams also enjoy it. Both teams possess pace in their attacks, making it a truly captivating contest.
They are an exceptionally skilled team. Playing against South Africa always presents a tough challenge, and I anticipate that the upcoming game will be a brilliant one.
On Friday, South Africa and England will go head-to-head at the Ekana Sports City in Lucknow.
England squad: Jos Buttler (c), Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes.
South Africa squad: Temba Bavuma (c), Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Lizaad Williams.