England Test skipper Ben Stokes announced that the South Africa match at Chester-le-Street will be his final ODI in an England jersey. He played 104 ODIs so far, with the 2019 World Cup final at Lord’s being the most sought after.
Stokes cited that playing all three formats of the game is “unsustainable”, given his physique and his busy schedule. He will now centre all of his attention on Tests and T20s.
Stokes was named Team England’s red-ball captain, after a terrible run under Joe Root’s leadership. England, led by Ben Stokes, has performed brilliantly in Test cricket thus far and is unbeaten.
Stokes was scheduled to feature in the upcoming ODI series against South Africa as well as the ODI series against India. He has, however, made the decision to discontinue playing in ODIs.
In an official statement, Ben Stokes said that he can’t give his 100% to England in ODIs.
“I can’t give my teammates 100% of myself in this format anymore,” Stokes said in a statement.
“This has been an incredibly tough decision to make. I have loved every minute of playing with my mates for England. We have had an incredible journey on the way.
Stokes states workload format as reason behind ODI retirement
“As hard as a decision as this was to come to, it’s not as hard dealing with the fact I can’t give my teammates 100% of myself in this format anymore. The England shirt deserves nothing less from anyone who wears it.
“Three formats are just unsustainable for me now. Not only do I feel that my body is letting me down because of the schedule and what is expected of us, but I also feel that I am taking the place of another player who can give Jos and the rest of the team they all. It’s time for someone else to progress as a cricketer and make incredible memories as I have over the past 11 years.”
Ben Stokes has played 103 ODIs and amassed 2892 runs at an average of 39.6 and a strike rate of 95.3% in total. He has also taken 74 wickets with his fast bowling at an economy of 6.02 and an average of 41.6.
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