England Test captain Ben Stokes retires from One Day Cricket, ODI

Newly minted England captain Ben Stokes has made a retirement decision that will shock all cricket.

England cricket captain Ben Stokes will retire from the one-night international cricket tournament after Tuesday’s match against South Africa in Durham.

The 31-year-old reported the shocking challenge on social media but will continue to play Test and T20 cricket.

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Stokes has long been the overall leader in all formats of the game, but averages 39.44 in ODIs at bat compared to 36.16 in Test cricket.

With the ball, it is less effective in its shorter form, averaging 41.79 runs per wicket with a wicket-strike rate for every 41.6 balls.

But Stokes plays a pivotal role for England in all three formats, including his most famous innings, when he scored 84 goals without going almost alone. World Cup final for England in the scandalous thriller of 2019.

However, there won’t be a repeat as Stokes revealed on Instagram that he’s pulling out of the 50-point game.

“I will play my last game for England in ODI cricket on Tuesday in Durham. I decided to abandon this format. It was an incredibly difficult decision. I loved every minute of playing with my comrades for England. We had an incredible journey down the road,” Stokes wrote.

“As difficult as it is to make such a decision, it is not so difficult to come to terms with the fact that I can no longer give my teammates 100% in this format. The England jersey deserves no less from anyone who wears it.

“Three formats are simply unbearable for me now. Not only do I feel like my body is failing me because of the schedule and what is 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 everything they can. It’s time for someone else to become a cricketer and make incredible memories like I have for the last 11 years.

“I will give everything I have for Test cricket and now, with this decision, I feel like I can also dedicate myself fully to the T20 format.

“I would like to wish Jos Battler, Matthew Mott, the players and support staff every success for the future. We have made great strides in white ball cricket over the past seven years and the future looks bright.

“I have enjoyed all 104 games I have played so far, I have one more and it is amazing to play my last game at my home ground in Durham.

“As always, the fans from England have always been by my side and will be there. You are the best fans in the world. I hope we can win on Tuesday and set up a nice series against South Africa.”

England cricket managing director Rob Key paid tribute to the departing star.

“I know it must be a difficult decision, but I completely understand why he came to this conclusion,” he said.

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

“This is a typically selfless decision that will benefit England in the long run.”

This was just the beginning of the Stokes tribute.

Indian star Virat Kohli commented, “You are the most competitive guy I have ever played against. Respect, “

Pakistan vice-captain Shadab Khan wrote: “Congratulations on a great ODI career @benstokes38. Good luck with your testing career and other commitments. Cricket ODI will surely miss you.”

Former England international Monty Panesar wrote: “Stokes made a selfless decision in the interest of England”.

Stokes became 81st England Test Captain in April and have already seen some changes.

With former New Zealand skipper Brendan McCallum as test coach, England racked up some huge points. 3-0 victory over Test World champions New Zealand as well as biggest national chase against India earlier this month.
This comes amidst discussions in cricket circles that the schedules are too busy with Test, ODI and T20I cricket, as well as domestic competitions and countless T20 competitions around the world.

Originally published as England superstar Ben Stokes retires from One Day Cricket