Ben Stokes announces shock retirement

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England Test captain Ben Stokes has announced his shock retirement from One Day cricket saying that he will play his last match at the home ground in Durham against South Africa on Tuesday.

Ben Stokes

Stokes said in a statement, “I will play my last game for England in ODI cricket on Tuesday in Durham. I have decided to retire from this format. This has been an incredibly tough decision to make. I have loved every minute of playing with my mates for England. We have had an incredible journey on the way.”

Stokes was recently made the skipper to lead the Test side for England after Joe Root resigned from the post. He has since led the team to a series of victories against New Zealand and India.

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Stokes said, “As hard as a decision as this was to come to, it’s not as hard dealing with the fact I can’t give my teammates 100% of myself in this format anymore. The England shirt deserves nothing less from anyone who wears it.

“Three formats are just unsustainable for me now. Not only do I feel that my body is letting me down because of the schedule and what is expected of us, but I also feel that I am taking the place of another player who can give Jos and the rest of the team their all. It’s time for someone else to progress as a cricketer and make incredible memories like I have over the past 11 years.”

Stokes, who played the key role in England’s World Cup win in 2019, said that he ‘will give everything I have to Test cricket, and now, with this decision, I feel I can also give my total commitment to the T20 format.’