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Ben Stokes retires from ODIs, England Test captain, retirement, World Cup 2019 final

Ben Stokes, who was the man of the match in England’s spectacular 2019 World Cup final, has ruled out one-day internationals.

England’s Test captain Stokes top scored with 84 not out in the Super Over in that famous tie against New Zealand.

But now he plays Test and T20 cricket internationally.

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“I will play my last game for England in ODI cricket on Tuesday in Durham. I have decided to retire from this format,” he said.

“This is an incredibly difficult decision to make. I love playing every minute with my mates for England. We had an incredible ride on the road.

“While this decision is difficult to come to, it is not difficult to deal with the fact that I cannot give 100% to my teammates in this format. He is worth less than the man wearing the England shirt.

England's Ben Stokes acknowledges the crowd during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final between New Zealand and England at Lord's Cricket Ground in London, England on July 14, 2019.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
England’s Ben Stokes acknowledges the crowd during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final between New Zealand and England at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, England on July 14, 2019. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

“Three formats is not sustainable for me now. Not only is my body failing me because of the schedule and what is expected of us, but I feel that I am taking the place of another player who can give his all to Jos and the rest of the team. It is time for someone else to grow as a cricketer and create incredible memories like I have over the last 11 years.” .

“I give my all to Test cricket, and now, with this decision, I feel I can give my total commitment to the T20 format.

“I wish Jos Buttler, Matthew Mott, the players and support staff all the best for the future. We have made great strides in white-ball cricket over the past seven years, and the future looks bright.”

“I’ve enjoyed the 104 games I’ve played so far, I’ve got one more, and it’s amazing to play my last game at my home ground in Durham.

“As always, my England fans have always been with me and will continue to be. You are the best fans in the world. I hope we win on Tuesday and set up the series well against South Africa.

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