Star England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who was the hero of England’s 2019 World Cup victory, announced on Monday that he will retire from ODIs after the series opener against South Africa, which will be played at his home base in Durham. Stokes released a statement on social media to announce his retirement from the 50-over format, stating that playing all three formats was “just unsustainable” for him. Star India batter Virat Kohli, who often bumped into Stokes on the field, paid the ultimate tribute to the all-rounder.
“You’re the most competitive guy I’ve ever played against. Respect,” Kohli commented on Stokes’ Instagram post.
“I will be playing my last game for England in ODI cricket in Durham on Tuesday. I have decided to retire from this format,” Stokes wrote in his statement.
“This was an incredibly difficult decision to make. I have loved every minute of playing for England with my friends. We have had an incredible journey along the way,” he wrote.
“As hard as a decision was to come, it’s not that hard to deal with the fact that I can no longer give my teammates 100% of myself in this format. The England shirt deserves nothing less from everyone who wears it .” he added.
“Three formats are just untenable for me right now. Not only do I feel like my body is letting me down because of the schedule and what’s expected of us, but I also feel like I’m taking the place of another player that Jos can give.” and the rest of the team their all. It’s time for someone else to progress as a cricketer and make incredible memories like I’ve had for the past 11 years,” he said.
Stokes’ decision comes a few months after he was appointed as England’s test captain.
Stokes has played 104 ODIs for England so far, scoring 2,919 runs with three centuries and 21 half centuries and taking 74 wickets.
He was named Player of the Match in the 2019 World Cup final for his 84-point unbeaten run.
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