After being named as the Test captain earlier in the summer, there was certainly doubts over whether it was feasible for the 31-year-old Ben Stokes to play all the three formats. The fear came true when the all-rounder announced his retirement from the 50-over format, having won the 2019 ODI World Cup.
England’s new skipper, Jos Buttler reflected on the decision, stating that the all-rounder has been a fantastic ambassador for England in the 50-over format, where they were successful in 2019.
"People who play like Ben are once-in-a-generation players, so it's a good challenge for us (as an ODI side) to work out our best way forward as a team without him," Buttler said after the match.
"From myself and all England fans, we want to say thank you for everything he has done in this format of the game.
"Three years ago (the 2019 World Cup final) will live long in the memory but every day he turns up, whether that be for training or in a match, he puts in 100 per cent. He has been a fantastic ambassador for us in ODI cricket."
While expressing his sadness over the unavailability of the all-rounder in the ODI format, Buttler stated that it will be a huge gain for the Three Lions in the longest format.
"We will miss him and it's bittersweet as an England fan. There's a bit of sadness that Ben is no longer available in this form of the game but our loss in ODI cricket is certainly going to be England's gain in Test cricket," Buttler said.
Former England skipper Eoin Morgan hailed Stokes as a “true leader” stating that he only makes the team better with his presence. Alongside that, Morgan also expressed his sadness over the all-rounder retiring at the age of just 31.
"He is a true leader who drags people with him and makes people better players by making them believe anything is possible," Morgan told Sky Sports Cricket.
"It was a huge pleasure to be able to take the field with him for such a long time and for him to retire from this form at 31 years of age is incredibly sad."