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England ODI squad: Stokes named in England squad

As expected, Ben Stokes has been named in the England ODI squad to take on New Zealand in next month's four-match series ahead of the World Cup in October.

Stokes was called up to face the Black Caps following his decision to come out of retirement from the 50-over game.

The England Test skipper had been expected to take a lengthy break from the game to have an operation on a troublesome knee injury, but the lure of the competition proved too much for the 32-year-old who played a starring role in England's World Cup triumph on home soil in 2019.

Stokes was named man of the match in the final at Lord's and he will be crucial to England's chances of retaining the trophy in India when the tournament begins in October.

Hosts India are 11/5 favourites to win the tournament for a third time, with holders England next best at 3/1 to lift back-to-back titles.

Australia are 4/1 to win it for a record sixth time, while Pakistan are 7/1 and New Zealand are 15/2.

WhatWorld Cup 2023
WhenOctober 15th to November 19th, 2023
How to watchSky Sports 
OddsIndia 11/5, England 3/1, Australia 4/1, Pakistan 7/1, New Zealand 15/2

England will look to get off on the right foot

Before all that, though, England must make sure their preparations are right and their four-match series with New Zealand will prove a stern test.

Pace ace Gus Atkinson has also been included in the 15-man group to face New Zealand with the four-match contest starting at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on 8th September.

Jos Buttler will captain the squad which also includes Ashes stars Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Mark Wood and Chris Woakes.

The Aegeas Bowl in Southampton plays hosts to game two on 10th September, before heading to The Oval on 13th September.

The final match of the series will take place at Lord's on 15th September with England hoping to head to India on a high.

History on England's side

The Black Caps will be keen to exact some revenge on their hosts who lifted the World Cup the last time these two met.

Stokes was the star that day as he guided England to a super-over victory over New Zealand, the last time the nations met in an ODI.

New Zealand's last ODI series on English soil finished in a 3-2 win for the home side, while prior to that the Three Lions again won 3-2 when taking on the Kiwis in their own backyard in the 2017-18 season.

History is firmly on England's side but they won't be taking anything for granted ahead of an exciting couple of months for fans of the shorter format.

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