Ben Stoke Retiring From ODI Cricket

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Ben Stokes to retire from ODIs after Chester-le-Street game

The Chester-le-Street game against South Africa will be Ben Stokes's final ODI in an England shirt, the all-rounder has announced. He has played 104 ODI so far, the most famous one being the 2019 World Cup final at Lord's.

The 31-year-old, who recently took over as England's Test captain, revealed that playing all three formats of the game was "unsustainable" for him given his body and the hectic schedule, and that he will now instead be focusing his energy on Tests and T20s.

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"I will play my last game for England in ODI cricket on Tuesday in Durham," Stokes said on Monday (July 19) in an ECB release

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"I have decided to retire from this format. 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.

"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.

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"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.

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"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."