Sad News For All Cricket Lovers

“Cricket is broken,” Wisden’s managing editor Ben Gardner declared.

Ben Stokes' shock decision to retire from ODI cricket has sent shockwaves through the sport, with tributes pouring in for the England all-rounder.

The 31-year-old Englishman is one of the finest all-rounders in the game he has blasted 29,919 runs in 104 games at an impressive average of 39.44 and with a strike rate of 95.26.

"I have loved every minute of playing with my mates for England. We have had an incredible journey on the way.

Stokes said: “I will give everything I have to Test cricket, and now, with this decision, I feel I can also give my total commitment to the T20 format.”

Stokes knows his mind and body have limits. So much so he wisely took a four-month break last summer when bereavement and injury proved an overwhelming mix

As Rory Dollard of PA declared even more simply: “Stokes’ ODI retirement – complete with very carefully worded criticism of England’s schedule 

11 years and countless ODI memories