Ben Stokes: England all-rounder to withdraw from internationals one day after South Africa match | cricket news

England Test captain Ben Stokes played a key role in winning the World Cup in 2019 but says three formats are “unsustainable” and will focus on red ball cricket and T20Is; Watch Stokes’ latest ODI match against South Africa live on Sky Sports Cricket on Tuesday, coverage from 12.30pm

Last update: 07/18/22 19:40


England’s Ben Stokes to retire from ODI cricket after Tuesday’s match against South Africa

Ben Stokes has announced that he is retiring from international cricket one day.

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

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

Stokes’ latest ODI for England takes place at his home ground in Durham, with the South African series live on Sky Sports. Tuesday coverage begins at 12.30pm on Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event, with the first dance at 1pm

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

“I have decided to withdraw from this format. This has been an incredibly difficult decision to make. I have enjoyed every minute of playing with my team-mates for England. We have had an incredible journey along the way.”

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

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

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

“As difficult as this decision was to make, it’s not that difficult to deal with the fact that I can no longer give my team-mates 100 per cent of myself in this format. The England shirt deserves nothing less from anyone I wear. it’s.

“Three formats are just untenable for me now. Not only do I feel like my body is failing me because of the schedule and what’s expected of us, but I also feel like I’m taking the place of another player who can give Jos and the rest of the team its everything.

“It’s time for someone else to progress as a cricketer and create incredible memories like I have over the last 11 years.

“I will give everything I have to give cricket a try, and now with this decision, I feel like I can also give my full commitment to the T20 format.

“I would like to wish Jos Buttler, Matthew Mott, the players and support staff much success in the future. We have made great strides in cue-ball cricket over the last seven years, and the future looks bright.”

“I’ve loved the 104 games I’ve played so far, I’ve got one more and it feels amazing to play my last game at home in Durham.

“As always, the England 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 prepare well for the series against South Africa.”

Brydon Carse stops Hardik Pandya in his tracks after firing him for 71 on an incredible catch by Ben Stokes

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Brydon Carse stops Hardik Pandya in his tracks after firing him for 71 on an incredible catch by Ben Stokes

Brydon Carse stops Hardik Pandya in his tracks after firing him for 71 on an incredible catch by Ben Stokes

Stokes’ decision follows his recent appointment as England Test captain as successor to Joe Root.

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

“I know it must have been a difficult decision, but I fully understand why he has come to this conclusion,” added Rob Key, managing director of England men’s cricket.

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

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

Nasser Hussain says that it is a

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

Nasser: Stokes ‘surprise’ retirement scheduled

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“It was a surprise. You thought they would take care of him as far as resting from various tournaments and cue ball formats – he had already announced that he would miss the cue ball series and The Hundred. To completely knock out 50+ cricket in the head It’s a big surprise.

“I guess it’s the schedule. The cricket schedule is absolutely crazy at the moment. If you only play one format, let’s say test matches, that’s absolutely fine. But if you’re a multi-format, multi-dimensional player, and even a Test Match captain like Ben Stokes who gives himself 100% on and off the pitch eventually something is going to have to give and it seems for Ben it’s 50+ cricket which is a real shame because he gave us and to the England fans the best day for a long time in 2019, a day we will never forget with that World Cup final.

Former England Women's captain Charlotte Edwards feels the time is right for Ben Stokes to retire from ODI cricket so she can fully focus on the Test captaincy.

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Former England Women’s captain Charlotte Edwards feels the time is right for Ben Stokes to retire from ODI cricket so she can fully focus on the Test captaincy.

Former England Women’s captain Charlotte Edwards feels the time is right for Ben Stokes to retire from ODI cricket so she can fully focus on the Test captaincy.

“It’s disappointing news to say the least, but it’s a reflection of where the cricket calendar is at the moment. It’s crazy for the players.”

“Half the reasons [for his retirement] It’s going to be physical, and half of it is going to be mental, and mental in Ben’s case is the fact that he can’t do things at 70, 80%. Not only is he going to be a supporting actor, he has to do it fully and he’s not willing to do it unless he does it 100%.

“In a way, I respect him immensely for making that decision because that’s how you want every cricketer in England to appear, giving it their all every day.

The problem is not with the ECB regarding Rob Key, the problem is not with Ben Stokes, the problem is with the schedule.

“If the ICC keeps running ICC events and the individual boards keep filling in the gaps with as much cricket as possible, eventually these cricketers will just say I’m done, and Ben Stokes is done with a 31-year-old format, which can’ I’m not right, really. You have to check the schedule, it’s a bit of a joke at the moment.”

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