Stokes’ decision to retire came as a surprise to fans.
England star Ben Stokes has announced his retirement from ODI cricket. The player announced on social media that he will retire after the first match against South Africa on Tuesday. Stokes’ decision to retire came as a surprise to fans. In a post shared on Twitter, Stokes wrote: “Tuesday in Durham will be my last game for England in the ODI format. Deciding to retire from this format has been the hardest decision. I enjoyed every minute of playing with my teammates for England. It’s been the best journey.
“The decision is tough, but it is no bigger than the fact that I can no longer give my 100% to my teammates in this format. This jersey deserves no less from anyone who wears it.” The decision wasn’t just because I felt my body was failing me because of the schedule, I felt I had taken the place of another player who could give his all to Jose and the rest of the team. It’s time for someone else to have the opportunity to grow in their career and create great memories like the ones I’ve had over the last 11 years,” Stokes says in the note.
He is retiring from ODIs, hopes to focus more on the T20 format, and dedicate himself fully to Tests. Stokes also wished Jos Buttler, Mathew Mott, and other teammates good luck.
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) July 18, 2022
He enjoyed the 104 games he played. One more game to look forward to. Exciting to be able to play the final game in Durham’s hometown. Stokes thanked the fans for their continued support for him and the team.
Stoss has played 104 games for England so far. Stokes made his ODI debut in 2011 against Ireland. Stokes’ achievement is 2919 runs and 74 boundaries, including three centuries.