English All-rounder Ben Stokes Is Excited About The Upcoming World Cup And Ashes
The 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup is just around ten days away to begin. England and Wales will host this tournament from 30th May to 14th July. Apart from the host side England and the defending champions Australia, eight more teams will participate in this tournament.
Meanwhile, after completion of the Cricket World Cup, England will host the 2019 Ashes. It will be the five-match Test series between England and Australia from 1st August to 16th September. While England has won all their home Ashes series since 2005, Australia is the defending title holders.
The 27-year-old English all-rounder Ben Stokes is very excited about this unique and special home summer.
Stokes recently told, “We were talking about this, I think it might have been last night, how lucky we are as players to be involved in a home World Cup and home Ashes in the same summer, it’s very exciting to think about. I just want it to start.”
However, this excitement hasn’t shifted the England cricket team’s focus from the home ODI series against Pakistan. The no.1-ranked ODI team England is dominating in this series as they have already secured this five-match ODI series after the end of the fourth ODI where they have taken the 3-0 lead in this series.
Ben Stokes about their thrilling victory against Pakistan at Nottingham
In the fourth ODI of this series against Pakistan at Nottingham, Stokes played a brilliant match-winning innings of unbeaten 71 runs off 64 balls. Chasing down the big target of 341 runs, England once came under pressure (258/6 in 40 overs) despite their good start. In the crucial late moment of that chasing, Stokes played an essential innings that secured England’s victory and also secured this ODI series.
Stokes believes that this victory will give them huge confidence ahead of the upcoming Cricket World Cup.
He said, “It’s always nice to get some time out in the middle and it’s good to take some positives forward with the World Cup just around the corner. As everyone knows, we generally seem to have a stinker somewhere in a series.
“This could have been that game for us but the confidence we’ll take from losing four quick wickets then still finishing off the game will stand us in great stead. The most confidence I’ll take from that was being there at the end. The one thing I wanted to do and not throw it away when we got to that winning position.”
Ben Stokes has opened up about his fitness
Stokes has recently faced some fitness issues. Most recently, the pace-bowling all-rounder has faced an elbow issue. However, he has clarified that it was nothing major problem.
He claimed, “It’s nothing, just from too much throwing. I’ve had it before. It’s a bit better, the long boundary at Southampton didn’t do me any favours. I doubled the normal throwing workload that I’d do in a game. So I’m just resting it.”
Then England will play the opening match of the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup against South Africa at The Oval, London (30th May).
England has never won a Cricket World Cup yet. Their best Cricket World Cup result is runners-up (1979, 1987 and 1992).
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