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The English all-rounder Ben Stokes made the decision to stop playing one-day international cricket on Monday, July 18.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes announces retirement

The first One-Day International between England and South Africa will be Stokes’ last in the format, the 31-year-old revealed, adding that it was “an unbelievably tough decision.” Stokes has amassed 2919 runs, including three centuries, and 74 wickets in ODIs since making his debut against Ireland in 2011.

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final, when his undefeated 84* helped send the game to the Super Over, which England won, still stands as the highlight of his match-winning performance.

“As difficult a choice as this was to make, accepting the truth that I can no longer give my teammates my all in this format is easier. Nobody should wear the England jersey any less honorably.”

Following Joe Root’s resignation, Stokes was recently named captain of the England Men’s Test team; this choice was heavily influenced by the call. Under his direction, England won the fifth rescheduled Test against India after sweeping New Zealand 3-0 at home.

In order to prioritize his mental health, Stokes also took a vacation from playing international cricket in July of last year. During the Australian Ashes in 2021–2022, he made a comeback to international cricket.

In a statement, Stokes said: “I will play my final ODI for England on Tuesday in Durham. I’ve made the decision to stop using this format. Making this choice has been exceedingly difficult. I have enjoyed every second of playing for England with my friends. We have traveled a remarkable distance.

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