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 house floor in Durham can be Stokes’s 105th and last 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 may give (captain) Jos (Buttler) and the remainder of the crew 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 last to win their maiden 50-overs World Cup at Lord’s in 2019.
Probably the most thrilling gamers of his period, Stokes has battled a spate of accidents in current instances and took a break from the sport final yr to concentrate on his psychological well-being.
“I’ll give every part I’ve to Take a look at cricket, and now, with this choice, I really feel I may also give my complete 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 2919 runs, together with three tons of, at a mean 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 aspect.
Stokes is the second participant from England’s triumphant 2019 World Cup profitable crew, 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 choice, however I utterly perceive why he has reached this conclusion,” Key stated.
“It’s a usually selfless choice that can profit England long-term.”
ECB interim chief govt Clare Connor referred to as Stokes a “celebrity in each format”.
“Ben just isn’t solely one of many world’s finest gamers, however an inspirational determine too so our ODI crew will miss him,” she stated.
“However having taken on the Take a look at captaincy and with at the moment’s busy calendar of cricket, we utterly perceive and respect his choice.”