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Ben Stokes opts out of 2024 T20 World Cup

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All-rounder Ben Stokes will not be included in England’s squad for this year’s T20 World Cup in the United States of America and Caribbean.

Stokes hit England’s winning runs in 2022’s T20 World Cup final against Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia.

What Ben Stokes said about T20 World Cup

“I’m working hard and focusing on building my bowling fitness back up to fulfill a full role as an all-rounder in all formats of cricket,” said Stokes

“Opting out of the Indian Premier League and the T20 World Cup will hopefully be a sacrifice that allows me to be the allrounder I want to be for the foreseeable future.

“The recent Test tour of India highlighted how far behind I was from a bowling point of view after my knee surgery and nine months without bowling.

“I’m looking forward to playing for Durham in the County Championship before the start of our Test summer. I wish Jos Buttler, Matthew Mott and all the team the best of luck in defending our title.”

More about Stokes and the T20 World Cup

Stokes retired from ODI cricket in 2022, but returned for the 2023 Cricket World Cup.

He has played 102 Tests, 114 ODIs and 43 T20Is since debuting in international cricket in 2011.

England also won the T20 World Cup in 2010. They beat Australia in the final.

Their 2024 T20 World Cup campaign will start against Scotland at the Kensington Oval in Barbados on 4 June. This will be followed by fixtures against Australia, Oman, and Namibia.

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