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Ben Stokes: England all-rounder withdraws from one-day internationals after South Africa game | Cricket News

Ben Stokes, England Test captain, played a key role in the 2019 World Cup win but says three formats are ‘unsustainable’ and will focus on red ball cricket and T20Is; Watch Stokes’ final ODI game against South Africa on Tuesday live on Sky Sports Cricket, coverage from 12:30pm

Last updated: 18/07/22 19:40

England's Ben Stokes will retire from ODI cricket after Tuesday's game against South Africa

England’s Ben Stokes will retire from ODI cricket after Tuesday’s game against South Africa

Ben Stokes has announced he is retiring from One-Day International Cricket.

Stokes, England’s Test captain and key all-rounder, will continue to play T20I games but says Tuesday’s series opener against South Africa will be his last in the 50-over format for his country.

The 31-year-old has a 39.44 batting average in 104 ODIs, has won 74 wickets and was Player of the Match in England’s incredible 2019 World Cup win.

Stoke’s final ODI for England will take place in his home country of Durham, with the South Africa series all being broadcast live on Sky Sports. Tuesday coverage begins at 12:30pm on Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event, with the first ball at 1pm.

“I will be playing my last game for England in ODI cricket at Durham on Tuesday,” said Stokes, who was also captain of the ODI team, in a statement on Monday.

“I’ve decided to retire from this format. It was an incredibly difficult decision. I loved every minute playing for England with my mates. We’ve had an incredible journey.”

Watch a selection of action as England defeated New Zealand in an incredible 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup final.

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Watch a selection of action as England defeated New Zealand in an incredible 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup final.

Watch a selection of action as England defeated New Zealand in an incredible 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup final.

“As difficult as the decision was, it’s not that difficult to deal with the fact that I can’t give 100 percent of myself to my teammates in this format. The England shirt deserves nothing less from anyone who wears it.

“Three formats just aren’t viable 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 another player’s place, who can give Jos and the rest of the team their best.

“It’s time for someone else to move forward as a cricketer and make incredible memories like the ones I’ve had over the past 11 years.

“I will give everything I have to test cricket and now with that decision I feel like I can devote myself fully to the T20 format as well.

“I would like to wish Jos Buttler, Matthew Mott, the players and the coaching staff every success in the future. We’ve made great strides in white ball cricket over the last seven years and the future looks bright.

“I’ve loved all 104 games I’ve played so far, I have one more and it feels great to play my last game at my home ground in Durham.

“As always, the English fans have always been there for me and will continue to be there. You are the best fans in the world. I hope we can win on Tuesday and put the series together well against South Africa.”

Brydon Carse stops Hardik Pandya in his tracks after dismissing him for 71 with an incredible catch from Ben Stokes

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Brydon Carse stops Hardik Pandya in his tracks after dismissing him for 71 with an incredible catch from Ben Stokes

Brydon Carse stops Hardik Pandya in his tracks after dismissing him for 71 with an incredible catch from Ben Stokes

Stokes’ decision follows his recent appointment as England Test captain, replacing Joe Root.

In a statement, the ECB said Stokes’ ODI career would “be forever remembered” for his role in the World Cup final at Lord’s, where he scored an unbeaten 84 points to help England win via a super over .

“I know it must have been a difficult decision but I totally understand why he came to that conclusion,” added England Men’s Cricket chief executive Rob Key.

“I am sure if we look back on Ben’s career and see this as one of the reasons he will play more than 120 Tests and help England in T20 matches and World Cups for years to come.

“It’s a typically selfless decision that will benefit England in the long run.”

Nasser Hussain says it is 'disappointing news' that Ben Stokes has announced his retirement from ODI cricket and believes the 'crazy' cricket schedule is to blame.

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Nasser Hussain says it is ‘disappointing news’ that Ben Stokes has announced his retirement from ODI cricket and believes the ‘crazy’ cricket schedule is to blame.

Nasser Hussain says it is ‘disappointing news’ that Ben Stokes has announced his retirement from ODI cricket and believes the ‘crazy’ cricket schedule is to blame.

Nasser: “Surprise” Stoke’s resignation is on schedule

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“It came as a surprise. They thought he would take care of him as long as he was rested from various white ball tournaments and formats – he had already announced that he would miss white ball series and The Hundred. To completely knock 50-over-cricket on the head is a massive surprise.

“I think it’s the schedule. The cricket schedule is absolutely insane at the moment. If you only play in one format – let’s say tryouts – that’s perfectly fine. But when you’re a multiformat, multidimensional player and even a Test match captain like Ben Stokes, who throws himself 100% into his job on and off the field, something has to give at some point, and it looks like it will for Ben Cricket over 50 which is a real shame for him gave us and the English fans the greatest day we have had in 2019, a day we will never forget with this World Cup final.

Former England women's captain Charlotte Edwards believes it is the right time for Ben Stokes to retire from ODI cricket so he can concentrate fully on the Test captaincy.

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Former England women’s captain Charlotte Edwards believes it is the right time for Ben Stokes to retire from ODI cricket so he can concentrate fully on the Test captaincy.

Former England women’s captain Charlotte Edwards believes it is the right time for Ben Stokes to retire from ODI cricket so he can concentrate fully on the Test captaincy.

“It’s disappointing news to say the least but it reflects where the cricket schedule is at the moment. It’s madness for the players.

“Half the reasons [for his retirement] will be physical and half will be mental and mental in Ben’s case is the fact that at 70, 80% he can’t do anything anymore. He’s not just going to be a supporting actor, he has to do it wholeheartedly and he’s not willing to do it if he doesn’t do it 100%.

“In a way I respect him very much for making that decision because that’s how every English cricketer should show up and give it their all every day.

The problem isn’t with the ECB as far as Rob Key is concerned, the problem isn’t with Ben Stokes, the problem is with the schedule.

“If the ICC just keeps hosting ICC events and individual boards keep filling in the blanks with as much cricket as they can, eventually those cricketers will just say I’m done and Ben Stokes is done with a format at the age of 31, which is possible. Not true, really. The schedule needs to be reviewed, it’s a bit of a joke at the moment.

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