Brendon McCullum On Ben Stokes: England’s Test coach Brendon McCullum looks at all-rounder Ben Stokes’ decision to retire from ODIs with a positive outlook, but he is not sure if it becomes a trend given the hectic cricketing schedule. World Cup 2019 final hero Stokes surprised everyone by announcing his retirement from ODIs on Monday. He had said that it is impossible for him to play in all three formats.
McCullum gave this statement
When asked if he was happy with Stokes’ decision, McCullum said, “Yes, I am happy with his decision.” McCullum was also asked whether Stokes’ move would become a trend for other players in the world as well. On this, the former New Zealand captain said, ‘The number of players playing in all formats is less. He (Stokes) could have taken such a decision, but it was also the need of the hour given the busy schedule and he prioritized his role of Test captain.
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He said, ‘I don’t know if it will become a trend all over the world, but to be honest, I look at it completely positive. I am looking forward to spending more time with Stokes now. Stokes’ decision came as a surprise to many as he is only 31 years old but McCullum sees another aspect of it.
He said, ‘Definitely we want to see Stokes playing in all three formats. He is a superstar and we have seen what he has achieved, but sometimes one has to look at the other side of things and I look at it in a positive way. Now he will be able to give more time to the Test team.
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