England all-rounder Ben Stokes has revealed that he had planned to reverse his selection to retire from a single-day cricket through the Ashes series. Stokes, who retired from ODIs final year due to his heavy workload, stated that he had ruled out a comeback to divert media consideration away from his prospective return. Regardless of previously citing a knee injury as the explanation for not returning to the ODI squad, Stokes created a gorgeous comeback in the third ODI against New Zealand, scoring 182 off 124 balls. He clarified that his preceding comments about his knee have been just a tactic to retain the media guessing. England have agreed to involve Stokes as a specialist batter, preferably at quantity 4, which has permitted him to bat with additional freedom. He expressed his relief at ultimately obtaining clarity about his function, soon after months of uncertainty due to his bowling skills. England at present lead the 4-match series against New Zealand two-1 and will face them in the final ODI at Lord’s on Friday.