England’s 2019 ODI Cricket World Cup hero Ben Stokes retires after 105 games with one final performance against South Africa.
Ben Stokes made just five runs in his swan song against South Africa before leaving the leg before the wicket against Aiden Markram, but when the signal went up the crowd rose to congratulate the Durham all-rounder as the opposing players sprinted over to wishing to give their best.
An unusual farewell for a cricketer who had only reached 5. But this was different: England said goodbye to its hero.
Just two days ago, Ben Stokes announced he was retiring from ODI cricket to focus on his new role as Test captain and his position within the T20 squad.
The 31-year-old has long been England’s talisman with bat, ball and on the field, saving his games on numerous occasions while also doing phenomenally.
The 2019 World Cup hero played his last one-day game against South Africa yesterday (Tuesday 19 July) and although that game may have ended in a 62-race defeat, Stokes ODI’s career will forever be remembered as England’s legendary superstar .
Here are some of Ben Stokes’ best moments from his One Day International career…