‘Can’t give my teammates 100%’: Ben Stokes’ shock retirement call after World Cup heroics

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‘Can’t give my teammates 100%’: Ben Stokes’ shock retirement call after World Cup heroics

Ben Stokes, man of the match in England’s remarkable 2019 World Cup final, has retired from one-day internationals.

The captain of the England Test team, Stokes top-scored with 84 not out and batted in the Super Over of that famous tied match against New Zealand, which saw the English win via boundary countback.

But he will now only play Test and T20 cricket at international level.

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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 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.

“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.

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

“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.

“I 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.

“I would like to wish Jos Buttler, Matthew Mott, the players and the support staff every success going forward. We have made great strides in white-ball cricket over the past seven years, and the future looks bright.

“I have loved all 104 games I have played so far, I’ve got one more, and it feels amazing to be playing my last game at my home ground in Durham.

“As always, the England fans have always been there for me and will continue to be there. You’re the best fans in the world. I hope we can win on Tuesday and set the series up nicely against South Africa.”

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