Ben Stokes to retire from ODIs after today Chester-le-Street’s match

According to the all-rounder, Ben Stokes is to retire from ODI after playing the last ODI in Chester-le-Street against South Africa. He has played 104 ODIs, with the most notable being the 2019 World Cup final at Lord’s.

The 31-year old, who was recently appointed England’s Test captain, said that playing in all three formats of the game was not sustainable due to his hectic schedule and his body. He will now be focusing his energy only on T20s and Tests.

Stokes announced that he would play his last game in ODI cricket for England on Tuesday, July 19, in an ECB press release. “I have decided that I will retire from this format. This was a difficult decision. Every minute spent playing with my friends for England has been wonderful. It has been an amazing journey.

“As difficult as this decision was, it’s not so hard to accept that I can’t give 100% of myself to my teammates in this format anymore. Anyone who wears the England shirt should be proud of it.

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Three formats are not sustainable for me right now. I feel like my body is failing me due to the demands of the schedule. I also feel that Jos and the other players are taking over. It is time for another cricketer to make amazing memories and progress as a player.

“I will do everything possible to Test cricket and, now that I have made this decision, I feel confident I can also dedicate my full commitment to the T20 format.”

“I wish Jos Buttler, Matthew Mott, and all the players and support staff success in the future. The future is bright for white-ball cricket. We have made tremendous strides over the last seven years.

“I’ve loved all the 104 games that I’ve played, but I still have one to go, and it’s amazing to be playing my last game at Durham.

“As always, England fans have been there for me and will always be there. Your fans are the best in the world. I’m hoping we can win Tuesday and set up the series against South Africa well.”

England is currently in the midst of major changes in red-ball and white-ball cricket. Rob Key was appointed as England Men’s Cricket’s Managing Director. Joe Root’s resignation and Stokes’s subsequent appointment were closely followed. Jos Buttler was promoted to the position after Eoin Morgan retired recently in white-ball formats.

Key, who appointed Stokes Test captain, described Stokes’ decision to retire from ODIs as “typically selfless”.

Key stated that Ben Stokes had an extraordinary international career in ODI cricket culminating with his match-winning performance in the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup final. Although I know it was a difficult decision, I fully understand why he came to this conclusion.

“I am certain that we will look back at Ben’s career and see it as one of the main reasons he will play 120 Tests and help England in T20 matches, World Cups, and for many more years.

“It’s a typical selfless decision that will be beneficial to England over the long-term.”

Clare Connor, the interim CEO of the ECB, called Stokes an “inspirational figure” and stated that the board fully understands the reasons behind his decision to retire in the 50-over format.

“Ben Stokes has been a legend in every aspect of our game,” Connor stated. “His extraordinary contribution to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Final in Lord’s in 2019 allowed England Men to win this prestigious trophy for the first time.”

“Ben is an inspirational figure and not only one of the best players in the world, but he will be missed by our ODI team.” We understand his decision to take over the Test captaincy, given today’s hectic cricket schedule.

“We look forward to watching him excite in his England shirt for many more years.”

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