Englands superstar all-rounder Ben Stokes has announced his retirement from ODI cricket. Stokes announced his retirement from this format on Monday 18 July through his social media accounts. Stokes also told that the first ODI against South Africa (England vs South Africa) on Tuesday 19 July will be the last match of his career in this format. The 3-match ODI series between England and South Africa will start on Tuesday, the first match of which will be played in Durham. In this way, Stokes will say goodbye to ODI cricket from his home ground.
At the age of 31, Ben Stokes decided to leave the format in which he had made England champions for the first time. Three years ago, in the month of July itself, Stokes played a memorable unbeaten inning of 84 runs in the final against New Zealand at Lords ground, on the basis of which the match reached the Super Over. The Super Over was also a tie, but then England were declared champions due to hitting more boundaries. Stokes was adjudged the player of the match for his tremendous innings.
I will play my last game for England in ODI cricket on Tuesday in 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.
As hard as a decision as this was to come to, it’s not as hard as 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 their all. It’s time for someone else to progress as a cricketer and make incredible memories like I have over the past 11 years.
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.
I would like to wish Jos Buttler, Matthew Mott, the players and the support staff every success going forward. We have made great strides in white-ball cricket over the past seven years, and the future looks bright.
I have loved all 104 games I have played so far, I’ve got one more, and it feels amazing to be playing my last game at my home ground in Durham.
As always, the England fans have always been there for me and will continue to be there. You’re the best fans in the world. I hope we can win on Tuesday and set the series up nicely against South Africa. Thanks ❤️
❤️??????? pic.twitter.com/xTS5oNfN2j— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) July 18, 2022
The 31-year-old Stokes has so far scored 2919 runs in 89 innings of 104 ODIs. He has an average of 39.45 and a strike rate of 95.27. His highest score in ODI is 102 runs. He has scored three centuries and 21 half-centuries in this format.
At the same time, with the ball, he took 74 wickets in 87 innings. His economy rate was 6.03. His best performance with the ball has been five for 61. He has achieved the feat of taking five wickets in an innings in his career.
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