Stokes Retires from ODI; Fumes Workload Management

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After the former captain Eoin Morgan, its time for Ben Stokes to bid adieu to the ODI internationals. Stokes retires after playing his 105th ODI against South Africa at his home ground of Chester-le-street on Tuesday. However, the present full time test captain will continue to play the other two formats, test being his highest priority.

Stokes retires questioning Workload management

Ben Stokes urged the cricket chiefs to look after the increasingly congested cricket schedule. England literally has 12 white ball fixtures along with the Test team playing 7 matches this year at home. Ben Stokes, being available till Tuesday, in all formats, he feels,
… I can’t give my teammates 100% of myself in this format anymore.”
Even, former England Captain Naseer Hussain expressed his disappointment in this issue. He told,
It is a reflection of where the cricketing schedule is at the moment for players.”
His main concern will be to focus on Test as he thinks, Captaincy will be an extra duty for him.

International Career

Benjamin Stokes retires leaving behind 2924 runs in 105 ODI internationals. He bagged 3 centuries, with 102 (n.o.) being the highest score. He secured that agianst Australia at Edgbaston, in the ICC Champions Trophy, back in 2017.

Ben has been an important member in the 2019 Morgan led England team. He played a crucial innings of 84 not out in the World Cup final at the Lord’s against NZ. It took England to the super overs, though they lifted the trophy due to the controversial boundary countback method. The all- rounder grabbed 74 wickets, his economy being 6.02.

Ben’s recent form in ODI

Ben’s performance in the last ODI series against hasn’t been that impressive. With the bat, he just contributed 48 runs- 0, 21 and 27 respectively in each of them. His last match against South Africa also resulted into a loss. Ben contributed just 5 runs, and gave 44 runs with no wicket.

“I Love Virat”

On Stokes’ Instagram post where he announced his retirement, Kohli commented,
You’re the most competitive bloke I’ve ever played against. Respect.”

In reply to that, Ben told to the Sky Sports,
I love Virat. He is going to go down as one of the greatest ever players to play the game in all three formats. He is a phenomenal player and I absolutely love that I have played against someone like him.

The energy and the commitment that he gives to the game is something which I have admired even before I started playing against him. When you play guys like that, you understand what it means not just to yourself but everybody else what it means to play the game at the top level… I loved every single time I have played against him. I am sure we will have some more battles On the field.”

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