England all-rounder Ben Stokes announced his retirement from ODI cricket by shocking everyone. Ben Stokes announced his retirement from ODI cricket through his official Twitter account. Ben Stokes will retire from the 50-over format with the first ODI against South Africa tomorrow.
Stokes made his ODI debut for England in 2011 and has played 104 matches. Stokes took 74 wickets in the format in 2019 with 3 centuries and 21 fifties at an average of 39.45.
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” It was a very difficult decision and I enjoyed every moment playing with my teammates for England. This trip was unforgettable. It wasn’t that hard to make such a decision as I can no longer give 100% of my abilities in this format. ”
” I can’t afford three formats now. Not only that, but this schedule also exhausts my body. I feel like I’m usurping another player capable of giving everything to Jose and the team. I think it’s time for someone else to grow as a cricketer and create incredible memories like the last 11 years I’ve had. Stokes clarified in his official statement.
“I will now give everything that is left of me to Test cricket. Now with this decision I hope to prove my full commitment in the T20 format as well. I wish Jos Buttler and Mathew Mott all the success. We have made great strides in white ball cricket in the last seven years and our future looks bright. ” noted Ben Stokes.