England Test captain Ben Stokes has made the shock decision to withdraw from one-day internationals and will bid farewell with one final game at his home ground, Chester-le-Street, on Tuesday.
Stokes has enjoyed several standout moments in the 50-over format and the undisputed highlight came with a star turn in the 2019 World Cup final which led England to an unlikely win over New Zealand at Lord’s.
Here we look at Stokes’ top five performances in an ODI jersey.
England vs New Zealand – July 14, 2019
Tie, Super Over, Limit Countback. None of this would have happened without Stokes’ perennial tour de force innings as he saved England from further heartache in the World Cup final. As wickets tumbled around him, Stokes pushed and struggled his way to 84 to keep his side afloat before braving fatigue to return to the one-over shootout as England won by “the smallest of margins”.
England vs South Africa – May 30, 2019
“No way! No way! You can’t, Ben Stokes.” Nasser Hussain captured the mood of everyone in attendance after Stokes’ remarkable leap and one-handed grip sent Andile Phehlukwayo off in England’s opening 104-round World Cup victory. He posted the highest score at 89 and grabbed two for 12 as his golden summer started with a bang, but that catch at the Kia Oval was one of the highlights of the tournament.
Stokes’ defiance was one of the few positive aspects of Ashes 2013-14. Weeks after a century eruption in Perth – England’s only ton during the Test series – he returned to WACA to put Australia to the sword again. He continued his 70 with key wickets from Australia captain George Bailey, hard-hitting Glenn Maxwell and dangerous lower-order pair James Faulkner and Mitchell Johnson in a 57-run win.
England vs Australia – June 10, 2017
England had already guaranteed their place in the Champions Trophy semi-finals but were in danger of losing their last group game, slipping to 35 for three chasing 280 when Stokes went out to bat at Edgbaston. Not one to rest on his laurels, he hit 13 fours and two sixes in a typically assertive 102 not out that sealed a one-sided win. Remarkably, this was his third and final ODI century.
India vs England – March 26, 2021
Statistics can cloud the big picture, and that was certainly the case with Stokes. Jonny Bairstow’s century led England to a six-wicket win at Pune, but Stokes’ stunning belligerence in his 99 of 52 balls was captivating. There were a total of 10 sixes in a whirlwind innings which was a perfect demonstration of England’s adherence to captain Eoin Morgan’s adventurous approach to batting.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cricket/ben-stokes-odi-england-australia-new-zealand-b2125745.html Ben Stokes’ best ODI moments from World Cup heroics to pugnacity