Ben Stokes’ England ODI run ends in defeat as South Africa convincingly win series opener in Durham | cricket news

Ben Stokes went down by five in his final ODI innings, receiving a rousing reception and a standing ovation to and from the crease from his home crowd; South Africa beat England by 62 runs in the first game of the series; Watch the second ODI on Friday (12:30 p.m. on the air, 1 p.m. start)

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The best of the action from the first one-day international match between England and South Africa.

The best of the action from the first one-day international match between England and South Africa.

England fell to a 62-run loss against South Africa in their opening day international series match at Durham – Ben Stokes retired from international cricket over 50 on a losing note.

Stokes, struggling with his knee, went through five overs with the ball, the same amount he scored with the bat before Aiden Markram finished his last ODI innings. England’s 2019 World Cup-winning hero received a rousing reception and standing ovation from his home crowd on his way to and from the pitch.

Before his final entries, Stokes had said Sky Sports Cricket’s Nasser Hussain that the current player schedule is ‘unsustainable’.

“We’re not cars where you can fill us up with gas or diesel and then let us go. It has this effect on you, the number of games and trips we do, it all adds up.”

“The schedule right now is very packed. It’s asking a lot of players to keep putting in 100 per cent of their efforts every time they go out on the pitch for their country.”

Markram (2-25) also claimed the hugely important wicket of Jonny Bairstow (63), also caught lbw, as England’s rushing chase of 334 ebbed after a century for the first wicket between Bairstow and Jason Roy (43).

Ben Stokes receives a standing ovation from the fans as he bids farewell to ODI cricket for the last time in his career.

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Ben Stokes receives a standing ovation from the fans as he bids farewell to ODI cricket for the last time in his career.

Ben Stokes receives a standing ovation from the fans as he bids farewell to ODI cricket for the last time in his career.

Joe Root (86 of 77) hit a sublime 36 ODI fifty but the middle order collapsed around him and he was eventually brought down by Anrich Nortje (4-53), one of three wickets in the 45 as England succumbed to a heavy defeat. , he rolled for 271 just 11 balls later.

Van der Dussen’s century inspires South Africa’s great score

Earlier, Rassie van der Dussen (134 of 117) scored a fantastic third ODI hundred for South Africa, and first against England, when the visitors amassed a 333-5 score after choosing to bat first in exceptionally hot conditions in keeping with the rest. from the country.

A look back at the highlights of Rassie van der Dussen's brilliant 133 shot in the first ODI against England.

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A look back at the highlights of Rassie van der Dussen’s brilliant 133 shot in the first ODI against England.

A look back at the highlights of Rassie van der Dussen’s brilliant 133 shot in the first ODI against England.

Sam Curran (1-67) brought down the dangerous Quinton de Kock (19) early on, but it was the briefest of bright spots for England on the pitch as the bowlers worked hard and South Africa’s top order made hay under Sun.

Janneman Malan (57) and Aiden Markram (77) provided excellent support for Van der Dussen, with the latter pair posting 151 together on the back of a century for the second wicket.

England’s cause was not helped by Matthew Potts (0-33), who made his debut in front of his home crowd, had to leave the field after a difficult opening four-over burst, apparently suffering in the freezing temperatures, plus he was Stokes and his knee that needed management.

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Moeen Ali (1-47) picked up Malan, caught deep midwicket, while Liam Livingstone (2-30) struck twice in an over to end the destructive position of Van der Dussen and Markram.

With two new batsmen in the crease, England finished the innings well, with Brydon Carse (1-46) particularly impressive in the kill and Curran unlucky not to add David Miller’s wicket (24th) when he sliced ​​one into his stump. only to have, unbelievably, the bail bonds not released.

England collapses after Roy, Bairstow’s stand of the century

South Africa’s scoring, while challenging, is the kind this England team have grown accustomed to chasing in recent years and with Roy and Bairstow laying the groundwork with excellent century support, it looked like another 300-plus total would be would wobble by hosts with relative ease.

Jason Roy finds David Miller at long range, with the fielder running to claim a good catch for South Africa.

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Jason Roy finds David Miller at long range, with the fielder running to claim a good catch for South Africa.

Jason Roy finds David Miller at long range, with the fielder running to claim a good catch for South Africa.

But the reintroduction of Keshav Maharaj (1-42) into the attack, after the South African skipper had opened the bowling alley earlier, worked, with Roy holed out at 19.

England then looked to target Markram’s part-time exit (South Africa covering Andile Phehlukwayo’s absence with concussion after a nasty collision with Maharaj on the pitch), but picked up two vital wickets in his first three overs.

Bairstow was pinned lbw when looking to sweep, while there were to be no heroics from Stokes in his final ODI innings as he went down by five, his innings ended the same way but when he was attempting his favorite spinner backhand.

Joe Root is brought down by Anrich Nortje in South Africa's opening series win over England in Durham.

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Joe Root is brought down by Anrich Nortje in South Africa’s opening series win over England in Durham.

Joe Root is brought down by Anrich Nortje in South Africa’s opening series win over England in Durham.

Jos Buttler (12), Livingstone (10) and Moeen (3) came and went quickly, leaving Root too much to do and Nortje finally closed out England’s innings, his four wickets at the end of well-deserved reward for a tireless, fast spell in suffocating conditions.

Stokes: We’re not cars, you can’t fill us up with gas.

speaking to Sky Sports Cricket’s Nasser Hussain, the all-rounder, said before his final innings: “I think the schedule and everything that is expected of us these days, for me personally at the moment, feels untenable.

“We’re not cars where you can fill us up with gas or diesel and then let us go. It has this effect on you, the number of games and trips we do, it all adds up.”

“The schedule right now is very packed. It’s asking a lot of players to keep putting in 100 per cent of their efforts every time they go out on the pitch for their country.”

“If you want the best product out there, you obviously want the best players on the field. [but] teams are now looking at their squads and saying, ‘where can we give players a break?’

“If teams and organizations feel like their best players need a break because they need to take care of them for a format, I don’t think that looks good.

“I also look at the fact that we were playing a test game and our white ball team was playing a one-day series at the same time. It’s a little weird.”

Watch the second ODI between England and South Africa live on Sky Sports Cricket on Friday. Coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. with the first dance at 1:00 p.m.

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