Sun News Desk: Ben Stokes said goodbye to ODI cricket. The star all-rounder of England played the last match of his life in this format in the first match against South Africa. England have been playing non-stop cricket for the past few months. They were in the field for 17 days in July alone. A three-match Test series against South Africa next month. He requested cricket administrators not to treat cricketers like cars by keeping so many schedules throughout the year. In an interview with Test Match Special, Stokes said, ‘We (cricketers) are not a car that you just fill with petrol and we start moving again. At the same time we had a Test series and also had to play ODIs, it was very strange.’ Stokes bowled just three overs in the ODI series against India and scored just 48 runs. Stokes said that he decided to withdraw from 50-over cricket after playing the first match against Rohit Sharma’s team. Stokes took this decision to make his Test career longer. His inspiration is 36-year-old Stuart Broad and 39-year-old James Anderson, who are playing only red-ball cricket. Stokes, the current Test captain, said speaking to Broad made him realize that he should give up one of the white-ball formats. Stokes said, ‘I asked Stewart if the reason he was still playing was to give up white-ball cricket! 160 Tests in his career. He said, definitely yes. I also want to play 140-150 Tests for England. Hopefully when I’m 35-36, I’ll still be playing Test cricket. At that time I will look back on this decision and then I will understand that I made the right decision.’ Sun News/NK.

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