Ben Stokes, England’s Test captain, played a key role in the 2019 World Cup win but says the three formats are “unsustainable” and will focus on red-ball cricket and T20Is; Watch Stokes’ final ODI match against South Africa live on Sky Sports Cricket on Tuesday, streaming from 12:30pm
Last Updated: 18/07/22 1:23 pm
Ben Stokes has announced that he will be taking a day off from international cricket.
Stokes, England’s Test captain and competent all-rounder, will continue to play T20I matches but said Tuesday’s opening game against South Africa will be the last in more than 50 format for the nation. his.
The 31-year-old averaged 39.44 in 104 ODIs, made 74 catches and was Man of the Match in England’s astonishing win at the 2019 World Cup.
Stokes’ final ODI for England took place at his home stadium in Durham, with the South Africa series both being broadcast live on Sky Sports. Tuesday’s coverage begins at 12:30pm on Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event, with the first ball at 1pm.
“I will be playing my last game for England in an ODI cricket match on Tuesday in Durham,” Stokes, who is also the captain of the ODI team, said in a statement on Monday.
“I’ve decided to give up the format. It’s been an incredibly difficult decision to make. I love every minute of playing with my teammates for England. We’ve had an incredible journey. surprised.
“It’s a tough decision like this, not as difficult as the fact that I can’t give 100 per cent to my teammates in this format anymore. England’s jersey deserves it as much as whoever wears it.
“Three formats are now unsustainable for me. Not only do I feel like my body is letting me down because of the schedule and what is expected of us, but I also feel that I’m replacing a bridge. Other players can give Jos and the rest of their team.
“It’s time for someone else to progress as a cricketer and make incredible memories like I’ve had over the past 11 years.
“I will give everything I have to Test Cricket, and now, with this decision, I feel I too can fully commit to the T20 format.
“I wish Jos Buttler, Matthew Mott, the players and support staff much success in the future. We have made great strides in whiteball cricket over the past seven years and into the future. looks bright.
“I’ve loved all the 104 games I’ve played so far, I have one more to go, and it was fantastic to play the last one at home in Durham.
“As always, the England fans have always been with me and will continue to be. You guys are the best fans in the world. I hope we can win on Thursday. Three and set up the series against South Africa with ease.”
Stokes’ decision follows his recent appointment as England Test captain as Joe Root’s successor.
In a statement, the ECB said Stokes’ ODI career will be “forever remembered” for his role in the World Cup final at Lord’s, where he went 84 unbeaten to help England win the tournament. Battle Super pass.
“I know it must have been a difficult decision, but I completely understand why he came to this conclusion,” added Rob Key, England’s men’s cricket chief executive.
“I’m sure when we look back at Ben’s career and see this as one of the reasons he will play 120 games back and help England in the T20 and World Cup games for many years to come.
“It’s a typical self-sacrificing decision that will benefit Britain in the long run.”