Having reversed his 50-over retirement, can England’s Test and T20 talisman inspire them to retain the World Cup in India?
“You very quickly find out who is a good bullshitter,” says Ben Stokes, laughing down the phone line during a recent drive between London and his home in the north-east.
Stokes has agreed to a chat about the World Cup defence that starts in India next week but we have taken a scenic route, veering into the South American dice game called Perudo that has become something of a craze in the England squad. Andrew Flintoff was among the keenest players, Stokes’s fellow all-rounder having been part of the coaching set-up following last year’s awful car crash on the set of Top Gear.
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