England all-rounder Ben Stokes played the best knock of his life to help his side clinch the maiden ICC World Cup title beating New Zealand on the Super Over boundary count at Lord’s on Sunday. An emphatic Stokes is now eyeing the upcoming Ashes starting from August 1.
Want to win the Ashes: Stokes
Chasing 241 runs set by New Zealand, Ben Stokes remained unbeaten on 84 runs to take the game to the tie-breaker on a difficult Lord’s wicket. He shared an excellent partnership with Jos Buttler after England was in trouble losing a few wickets early. But Stokes shouldered the responsibility and played with the maturity to take the game deep. The dynamic all-rounder also starred in the Super Over helping the host posts 15 runs before the Black Caps put up the exact score as England took away the trophy on the Super Over boundary count. It was possibly one of the greatest game in the history of ODI cricket.
Meanwhile, the World Cup could be the first half of remarkable double with England, for the first time since the inaugural 1975 edition, staging a World Cup and Ashes in the same season. Man of the match from the final showdown, Ben Stokes will be eyeing a double beating Australia in a five-match series.
“We may be world champions but also want to be Ashes winners as well,” said the 28-year-old Stokes to AFP.
“Everyone here deserves to feel like a champion because we’ve just won it but when it comes to the Ashes it’s going to be heads on again because it has to be. Whether you’re winning or losing games, you’ve just got to wipe the slate clean,” he added.
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Australia have not won an Ashes series in England since 2001. They will be desperate to put their best feet forward and beat the recently crowned World Cup champions. Ben Stokes will once again have to be at his best to help England clinch another major title.