Ben Stokes declares retirement from ODI Cricket format

Ben Stokes, England’s all-round star, has declared his retirement from the ODI format. The 31-year-old’s choice came as what can only be described as an absolute stunner, shocking many people. With age on his side and his best years still ahead of him, the news was unexpected.

Stokes will play their farewell ODI on Tuesday July 19, the opener against South Africa. The veteran cricketer made his debut in an ODI match in August 2011. He claimed it was no longer viable for him to play in all three formats. Nevertheless, the decision is indeed wise if a professional like him feels the same.


The versatile Three Lions veteran will therefore stop playing ODI cricket after the Durham game. Moreover, it aims to focus all of its attention on the other two formats. Notably, Stokes played a key role in directing England to a World Cup victory in 2019.

He even won player of the match awards in the crucial World Cup final. To give you an idea of ​​his overall performance, Stokes scored 2919 points in 104 ODIs. He has undoubtedly had a stellar ODI career, averaging close to under 40.

Ben Stokes declares retirement from ODI Cricket format
Ben Stokes declares retirement from ODI Cricket format

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It was an incredibly difficult decision to make – Ben Stokes

The versatile player announced his decision on his Twitter account. He captioned a photo of himself with the World Cup trophy in great detail. He seemed to be extremely emotional while doing so, however.

“I will be playing my last match for England in ODI cricket on Tuesday at Durham. I have decided to opt out of this format. It has been an incredibly difficult decision to make. I loved every minute of playing with my friends for England. We’ve had an amazing journey on the way,” Stokes wrote in what appeared to be a heartfelt post on Twitter.

The 31-year-old said he can no longer give his teammates everything in this format to justify his choice. He feels that the England jersey should receive nothing less from its wearers. The three formats are just too much for him right now.

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Due to the schedule, the left-handed hitter feels like his body is failing him. He also feels like replacing a player who can offer everything to Jos and the rest of the team. It’s time for another cricketer to grow and create lasting memories like he did in the previous 11 years.

Due to Stokes’ decision, he will not take part in the 2023 ODI World Cup, which will be held in India. However, he is expected to take part in the T20 World Cup later this year.

The southpaw also sent his best wishes to England head coach Matthew Mott and white ball captain Jos Buttler for their future plans.