Ben Stokes Retirement: Ben Stokes has announced his retirement from the ODI format after England takes on South Africa at Chester-Le-Street on Tuesday. Ben Stokes who was appointed as England’s Test Captain earlier this year said that playing across three formats was not sustainable for him & he wants to provide other players opportunities to showcase their talent.
He was slated to play six ODIs this summer & rest throughout England’s T20I commitments against India and South Africa, as well as the Hundred. However, there is now a change in his plan as he has now decided to quit the ODI format in order to concentrate more on the longest & shortest format of cricket.
England’s ODI against South Africa will be Stokes’s last match in the ODI format. It would also mark Stokes’s 105th game for England in the ODI format having made his debut against Ireland in 2011. Ben Stokes has scored a total of 2919 runs in ODI cricket including three centuries and taken 74 wickets. His defining performance in the ODI format was his unbeaten 84 in the World Cup 2019 final which guided England to the Super Over, further scoring right runs off three balls to help England lift the trophy for the first time.
“I can’t give my team-mates 100% of myself in this format anymore,” Stokes said in a statement. “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 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.”
He also stated in his statement that his body was giving up due to the demands of the schedule & was visibly hobbling after stopping to take a catch off Hardik Pandya in the third ODI at Old Trafford on Sunday.
“Three formats are just unsustainable for me now,” he said. “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 as 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.
Ben Stokes is the second member of the World Cup-winning team to retire from OIDI cricket. Last Month, Eoin Morgan retired from international cricket after the conclusion of the Netherlands series due to fitness concerns. Ben Stokes & Morgan’s retirement handed Mott & Buttler a significant responsibility to take over the reins of the ODI format ahead of their title defense in India in 2023.
In the IND vs ENG ODI series, Ben Stokes amassed 48 runs in three innings against India, batting at No. 4, and bowled only three overs across the three-match series. Sam Curran would be England’s first choice as Stokes’s replacement for the upcoming ODI series.
Rob Key, the ECB’s managing director of men’s cricket, described Stokes’ decision as “typically selfless” and said that it would “benefit England long-term”. He said: “Ben Stokes has had an incredible international career in ODI cricket, culminating in his match-winning performance at the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup final.
Clare Connor, the ECB’s interim chief executive, added: “Ben is not only one of the world’s best players, but an inspirational figure too so our ODI team will miss him. But having taken on the Test captaincy and with today’s busy calendar of cricket, we completely understand and respect his decision. We look forward to watching him excite and enthrall in an England shirt for many years to come.”
England’s fixtures list for Summer 2022 involves seven Tests spread across three-and-a-half months, along with a dozen of limited overs fixtures in the space of 25 days in July. Not only this but England’s next FTP cycle of 2023-27 also includes 42 Tests, 44 ODIs, and 52 T20Is outside of ICC events over a four-year period. England’s hectic schedule will continue to exert huge pressure on players in the coming years.
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