England’s all-rounder Ben Stokes has announced to retire from One-Day Internationals and will continue to serve the country in Test and T20I cricket. Stokes, who was recently appointed as England’s Test skipper, will play his farewell ODI against South Africa on Tuesday.
The 31-year-old took it to Twitter, and he revealed the last ODI of his career would be in Durham versus the Proteas. Detailing on his decision, the all-rounder penned out that his body no more allows him to bear the pressure of all formats. Ben feels he is taking the place of a player who deserves a better in the 11 than him.
His goodbye note reads,
“I will play my last game for England in ODI cricket on Tuesday in Durham. I have decided to retire from this format.
“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.
“Three formats are just unsustainable for me now. 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 like 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,”
In the end, Ben thanked his fans and supporters for being with him through thick and thin and hopes they would always be there. Terming his fans ‘best’ in the world, Ben believes he will end his ODI journey on a good note, winning against South Africa.
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) July 18, 2022
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