England’s Test captain Ben Stokes has announced that he will be retiring from ODI after the series opener against South Africa. While he will continue to play in T20s, this will be his last match in the 50-over format. This match will be taking place in his home country, Durham.
“I have decided to retire from this format. 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.” He added “As hard as a decision as this to come to, it’s not hard dealing with it. The fact I can’t give my team-mates 100 per cent of myself in this format anymore. The England Shirt deserves nothing less from anyone who wears it.”
England went on to win the tournament in 2019. Stokes also explained that playing in all three formats isn’t a viable option for him. He feels his body “letting him down”. The English Test Skipper further went on to talk about how the hectic schedule has led to this fatigue. “It’s time for someone else to progress as a cricketer and make incredible memories as I have for over the past 11 years.” Stokes wished his teammates well for the future and reminisced about the team and have achieved in the past. Stokes was one of the key players in helping England emerge victorious in the 2019 World Cups with his excellent display of batting and bowling. He was the Player of the Tournament.
In their official statement, England Cricket Board expressed that Stokes’ ODI career would “forever be remembered,” most importantly for the role he played in the World Cup final at Lord’s, in which he scored an unbeaten 84 leading the team to victory. Stokes’ decision has come after his appointment as England’s Test Captain following Joe Root.
He concluded by saying, “I will give everything I have to test cricket, and now, with this decision, I feel I can also give my total commitment to the T20 format.” Stay tuned with The SportsWay for more daily updates.