NOTTINGHAM, United Kingdom: Ben Stokes is determined to get England´s World Cup marketing campaign underneath means after guiding the crew to a series-clinching win over Pakistan.
Stokes held his nerve following a top-order collapse with an innings of 71 not out as England ultimately chased down a goal of 341 within the final over of Friday´s fourth one-day worldwide at Trent Bridge.
Victory gave England an unassailable 3-Zero sequence lead forward of Sunday´s finale at Headingley.
However for multi-format gamers similar to Stokes this can be the least of England´s achievements in a house season that includes each the World Cup and an Ashes sequence.
“We had been speaking about this, I feel it might need been final night time, how fortunate we’re as gamers to be concerned in a house World Cup and residential Ashes in the identical summer time, it´s very thrilling to consider,” mentioned the all-rounder. “I simply need it to begin.
“We wished to verify our focus was on this sequence and never be eager about the World Cup and we´ve completed a fantastic job to date.
“We´d like to take the (Pakistan) sequence 4-Zero however, no matter occurs, it’s a clear slate after Headingley and we have to think about the World Cup.”
Stokes´ innings was a well timed enhance for England, bidding to win the World Cup for the primary time, because it confirmed they might get out of a good spot when their ´Plan A´ of blistering run-scoring by their specialist batsmen was not sufficient to win a recreation.
“It´s at all times good to get a while out within the center and it´s good to take some positives ahead with the World Cup simply across the nook,” mentioned Stokes.
“As everybody is aware of, we typically appear to have a stinker someplace in a sequence,” the Durham star added.
“This might have been that recreation for us however the confidence we´ll take from shedding 4 fast wickets then nonetheless ending off the sport will stand us in nice stead.
“Essentially the most confidence I´ll take from that was being there on the finish. The one factor I wished to do and never throw it away after we obtained to that successful place.”
A energetic tempo bowler when absolutely match, Stokes has despatched down a mere 13 overs in the course of the Pakistan sequence forward of Sunday´s match in Leeds.
Stokes noticed his bowling on this 12 months´s Indian Premier League restricted by a hamstring damage and he’s at the moment managing an elbow downside.
In the meantime with the likes of Jofra Archer, Mark Wooden, Liam Plunkett, David Willey and Tom Curran all eager to show their price forward of the World Cup, England do have loads of different pace-bowling choices.
Stokes insisted his latest elbow hassle was merely the results of an unusually busy stint within the area in the course of the second ODI in Southampton.
“It´s nothing, simply from an excessive amount of throwing. I´ve had it earlier than,” he mentioned.
“It´s a bit higher, the lengthy boundary at Southampton didn´t do me any favours. I doubled the conventional throwing workload that I´d do in a recreation. So I´m simply resting it.”