Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes. (Picture by Matt Roberts/Getty Pictures for Cricket Australia)

Ben Stokes despatched shockwaves across the cricketing world on Monday, July 18, after saying his retirement from ODI cricket. The star all-rounder is that includes in his closing ODI towards South Africa in Durham within the first match of the three-match ODI sequence. The England worldwide revealed his thought course of behind his determination to give up the 50-over format forward of the sequence opener.

Stokes has represented the 50-over workforce for over a decade now and was an integral a part of Eoin Morgan’s World Cup-winning workforce in 2019. Famend for his match-winning capabilities, the Kiwi-born cricketer etched his identify in English folklore by taking part in a sensational match-turning knock within the 2019 ICC World Cup closing.

The all-rounder spoke on his determination to give up the 50-over format and said that with all of the upcoming fixtures, he must handle his physique to extend his cricketing profession. He additionally highlighted the jam-packed worldwide schedule with the T20 World Cup later this yr and the 50-over World Cup subsequent yr.

“It was by no means going to be a simple one, however now being the captain of the Take a look at workforce and the way a lot cricket is arising, I’ve to take care of my physique as a result of I need to play so long as I probably can. We’re not automobiles the place you possibly can fill us up with petrol. It does all add up, it does affect you. The schedule is jam-packed, and also you’re asking numerous the gamers to maintain placing in 100% of their efforts each time you stroll onto the sector in your nation,” Ben Stokes spoke to the media forward of his closing match.

I need to play 140, 150 Take a look at matches for England: Ben Stokes

The Take a look at skipper had earlier withdrawn his identify from the T20I sequence towards South Africa and the second version of England’s home event, The Hundred. Stokes has revealed his intention of taking part in 150 Assessments for his nation and need to extend his red-ball careers like James Anderson and Stuart Broad did after quitting white-ball cricket. Whereas he admitted that the choice to bid farewell to 50-over cricket was arduous, he hopes he can look again on the determination sooner or later with no regrets.

“I have a look at how Jimmy and Broady’s careers have gone since they stopped taking part in white-ball cricket. I need to play 140, 150 Take a look at matches for England. It’s come sooner than I’d have preferred however in T20 cricket I bowl two or three overs right here and there. Hopefully after I’m 35, 36 I can look again on this determination and say I’m proud of it,” Stokes added.