England defeated New Zealand by 181 runs within the third ODI of the four-match collection to take an unassailable 2-1 lead. Ben Stokes was the hero for the hosts smashing a record-breaking 182 off simply 124 with 15 fours and 9 sixes to his identify. It’s also the best particular person rating for England in ODI cricket. Stokes went previous Jason Roy who held this report with a knock of 180.
Stokes does not suppose an excessive amount of about information and in addition conceded that he was unaware of the identical till the announcement was made. Furthermore, he additionally revealed that he apologised to Roy after returning to dressing room even because the latter congratulated him. “I apologized to Jason [Roy] upstairs. He stated ‘nicely completed’ and I stated ‘sorry’. I do not suppose there was an excessive amount of to it. He’ll be fairly comfortable he is seen certainly one of his teammates, who he is performed quite a lot of cricket with, take that off him. However particular person stuff like that I am not too fussed about. I did not actually know I would completed it till the bloke on the tannoy began asserting it after which I received out subsequent ball. It was his fault!” Stokes stated after the match.
Earlier than this collection, Stokes hadn’t performed ODI cricket for nearly a 12 months and had additionally retired from the format in 2022 citing hectic worldwide schedule as one of many causes. He got here out to bat within the third over of the innings with England in bother at 13/2 and batted until forty seventh over earlier than getting out. Opening up about the identical, the 32-year-old admitted realising the actual fact there’s quite a lot of time in ODI cricket. “You might have far more time than you suppose. By way of recreation consciousness and recreation smartness, right now was good for that.
“There have been a few occasions I needed to test myself as a result of I seemed up and there have been nonetheless 23-24 overs left – that is how one-day cricket can go. The factor that I got here to comprehend all through the innings was how a lot time there really is. There have been a few phases the place I used to be scoring fairly freely and felt like I needed to maintain on going and going and going, however realizing what number of overs I had was the massive factor for me,” Stokes additional added.
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