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Ben Stokes Announces Shock ODI Retirement Will Play Last Game Against Proteas

The English all-rounder Ben Stokes

England’s Ben Stokes has announced he will withdraw from one-day international cricket after Tuesday’s opener against South Africa at his home stadium in Durham, citing an “unsustainable” schedule.

The strong all-rounder who runs the England Test team is known to have inspired his side to win the 2019 World Cup final against New Zealand at Lord’s.

But in the three years since that triumphant moment, the 31-year-old has only played in the 50-over format nine more times due to injuries, a mental break and coping with the workload.

He will feature again in a farewell game at Chester-le-Street against South Africa on Tuesday before focusing on his Test captaincy and his Twenty20 career.

Stokes, who has 2,919 runs and won 74 wickets in the ODI format, said in a social media post on Monday that it was an “incredibly difficult decision”.

“As hard as that decision was to make, it’s not that hard to deal with the fact that I can’t give 100 percent of myself to my teammates in this format,” he said.

“The England shirt deserves nothing less from anyone who wears it. Three formats just aren’t viable for me 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 who is (Captain) Jos (Buttler) and the The rest of the team can do their best.”

Rob Key, Managing Director for men’s cricket at the England and Wales Cricket Board, paid tribute to Stokes, saying: “Ben has had an incredible international career in ODI cricket, culminating in his winning performance at the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup found finale”.

Stokes’ decision comes after England’s 2-1 defeat by India in which he scored 48 runs in three innings but threw just three overs.

He has been rested from the three T20 games against South Africa that will follow the ODI series.

Ben Stokes Announces Shock ODI Retirement Will Play Last Game Against Proteas

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