Ken Borland
Sports Journalist
4 minute read
23 Jul 2022
7:05 am

Ben Stokes ODI retirement: Killing cricket’s designated Golden Goose

Ken Borland

The 31-year-old Stokes has not been helped by Covid bubbles, the death of his father and a perpetual knee niggle.

RESPECT: Proteas captain Keshav Maharaj wishes Ben Stokes well after he was dismissed in his final ODI innings. Picture: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Following Ben Stokes’ incredible heroics in winning England the 2019 World Cup, the all-rounder was almost officially designated as cricket’s Golden Goose, his golden eggs being the box-office draw he promised through his scintillating batting, ability to bowl match-turning spells and amazing catching. Just three years later, that Golden Goose is almost on life support. Stokes hobbled his way out of ODI cricket this week, looking a shadow of the great player he is, well-beaten by the Proteas on his home ground at Chester-le-Street. Also read: Ben Stokes to play against Proteas on Tuesday — and then quit ODI cricket...