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Ben Stokes retires from ODIs
The “unsustainable” demands of playing all three types of cricket were given as the reason why England’s star all-rounder Ben Stokes suddenly quit one-day cricket on Monday. Stokes, who is 31 years old, said in a statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board that Tuesday’s match against South Africa at his home ground in Durham would be his 105th and last ODI (ECB). England beat New Zealand to win their first 50-overs World Cup at Lord’s in 2019. Test captain since April, Stokes was named man of the match. Stokes used to be one of the most exciting players of his time. But he has been hurt a lot and took some time off last year to focus on his mental health.
So, in 2011, Stokes played his first ODI, which was against Ireland and took place in Dublin, Ireland. He has made 2,919 runs in 104 ODIs, with an average of 39.44 and a strike rate of 95+. He has 74 wickets with the ball and is one of the best fielders on the team. Stokes is the second member of England’s 2019 World Cup-winning team to announce his retirement from one-day internationals. The first was former captain Eoin Morgan.
“Therefore, three formats are just unsustainable for me now,” said Stokes, who will continue to play Twenty20 Internationals.
“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 (captain) Jos (Buttler) and the rest of the team their all.”