England’s talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes introduced his shock retirement from one-day cricket on Monday citing the “unsustainable” rigour of taking part in all three codecs of the sport.
Tuesday’s match in opposition to South Africa at his residence floor in Durham might be Stokes’s 105th and closing one-day worldwide, the 31-year-old stated in an announcement issued by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
“Three codecs are simply unsustainable for me now,” stated Stokes, who will proceed to play Twenty20 Internationals.
“Not solely do I really feel that my physique is letting me down due to the schedule and what’s anticipated of us, however I additionally really feel that I’m taking the place of one other participant who can provide (captain) Jos (Buttler) and the remainder of the staff their all.”
Stokes, who took over because the Take a look at captain in April, was player-of-the-match when England beat New Zealand within the closing to win their maiden 50-overs World Cup at Lord’s in 2019.
One of the vital thrilling gamers of his period, Stokes has battled a spate of accidents in latest instances and took a break from the sport final 12 months to give attention to his psychological well-being.
“I’ll give every thing I’ve to Take a look at cricket, and now, with this determination, I really feel I may give my whole dedication to the T20 format,” he stated.
Stokes his made ODI debut in opposition to Eire in Dublin in 2011.
He has performed 104 one-day internationals scoring 2,919 runs, together with three lots of, at a median of 39.44 with a 95-plus strike price.
With the ball, he has claimed 74 wickets and is without doubt one of the sharpest fielders within the facet.
Stokes is the second participant from England’s triumphant 2019 World Cup profitable staff, after former captain Eoin Morgan, to give up one-dayers.
Rob Key, managing director of England males’s cricket, hailed Stokes’ “unbelievable worldwide profession” within the 50-overs format.
“I do know this will need to have been a troublesome determination, however I utterly perceive why he has reached this conclusion,” Key stated.
“It’s a usually selfless determination that may profit England long-term.”
ECB interim chief government Clare Connor referred to as Stokes a “famous person in each format”.
“Ben is just not solely one of many world’s greatest gamers, however an inspirational determine too so our ODI staff will miss him,” she stated.
“However having taken on the Take a look at captaincy and with in the present day’s busy calendar of cricket, we utterly perceive and respect his determination.”