England world champion Ben Stokes ended an impressive day-long international career with a restrained performance in Tuesday’s game against South Africa.
The Test captain, whose amazing performance in the final against New Zealand gave England the 2019 title, has been a fixture in all formats for a decade but has found there is “too much cricket involved” to keep all three.
Here, the PA news agency looks at his record and influence in the over-50 internationals.
Stokes finishes with 105 one-day international appearances, with England winning 60 and losing 38, with two draws and five without results.
In 90 innings, which culminated in five points Tuesday at his home stadium in Durham, he hit 2,924 runs with an average of 38.98 and a strike rate of 95.08 runs per 100 balls.
He bowled 88 times, took 74 wickets at 42.39 and added 49 catches.
Stokes hit three ODI centuries despite batting at fifth or under in all but 13 of his 90 innings.
He made 101 against Bangladesh in October 2016 and South Africa in May 2017 before going up a run when he did not fail against Australia at 102 a month later.
The innings that will be remembered for the longest, however, are his unbeaten 84 against New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup final at Lord’s to level the game – he added eight of England’s 15 in the super over and controlled eight of the 26 limits that saw they win in the countback.
Stokes had previously struck 89 against both South Africa and Australia to finish the tournament on 465 runs with an average of 66.42 and a batting average of 93.18 – only India’s Rohit Sharma, Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan and the Australian Aaron Finch made more runs faster than Stokes at this Worlds.
He made 21 half centuries on top of his three tons and since his debut in August 2011 Stokes has finished sixth in the ODI runs for England behind Joe Root, his recently retired colleague Eoin Morgan, new captain Jos Buttler, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow.
bowling and fielding
Stokes’ best bowling performances came early in his ODI career, with the balance shifting firmly to his batting as his time on the team progressed.
His only five-wicket pull and his only four-wicket innings both came in his first 14 ODIs and his first eight innings of bowling.
He went five to 61 against Australia in Southampton in September 2013 and never improved on those numbers, although his four months later in Perth against the same opponents was a more impressive performance. After also hitting 70 strokes in third place, he was named player of the match in England’s two-wicket win.
Since the start of the 2019 World Cup, Stokes has won just 11 wickets in 21 games in this format and has gone without a wicket in 13 of 19 innings, including 0 for 44 of five overs on his farewell appearance. During this World Cup he had three goals against Bangladesh and last year in Pune against India.
Despite this, Stokes has held seventh in ODI wickets for England since debuting, behind Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Steven Finn, Liam Plunkett, Moeen Ali and David Willey.
He has twice netted three catches in an innings, in victories against New Zealand and India in 2018, and his 49 grabs include some stunners – perhaps most notably his leaping, one-handed border attempt to avoid South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo in the 2019 World Cup opener to vacate .
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cricket/ben-stokes-odi-australia-england-new-zealand-b2126931.html A closer look at Ben Stokes’ record and influence in the over-50 caps