ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Ben Stokes Reveals Winning The World Cup Was Their Half Achievement
England all-rounder Ben Stokes has admitted that the recent Cricket World Cup victory will help him to move on from his off-field incidents. Meanwhile, he also claimed that the Cricket World Cup victory was their half achievement, and winning the Ashes 2019 would fulfil their achievements.
In September 2017, Ben Stokes had a street brawl outside a nightclub. Stokes was the Test vice-captain before that incident, but he lost that role after that incident.
Later, the court found Stokes not guilty of affray in that incident. However, in December 2018, the Cricket Disciplinary Commission fined and suspended him for that incident.
In recently concluded 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, Ben Stokes played a very crucial role for England to win their maiden Cricket World Cup trophy. The left-handed batsman scored 465 runs in ten innings with an average of 66.42. Also, he took seven wickets in this tournament.
In the final match of this tournament against New Zealand, Stokes played a vital role for his team. He scored an incredible 84* to tie that final match and later scored another crucial 8* in the Super Over. While England won that match due to the higher number of boundaries, Stokes won the Player of the Match award.
It was a stressful time for me – Stokes
Recently, Stokes has admitted that cricket has helped him to move on from his past nasty incidents.
On Wednesday, Stokes told ITV’s Good Morning Britain, “I won’t look back and say I redeemed myself or anything like that. I’m an athlete and a cricketer and it’s what we are paid to do, to win trophies.
“It was coming back from all of that, it was tough. Getting back into cricket obviously massively helped straight after that. It was a stressful time for me, my wife, my family back home. I had amazing people around me, my team-mates, friends, family. They have to take a lot of credit for helping me to get through that.”
Just after England secured their maiden Cricket World Cup trophy, Stokes was in tears on the Lord’s ground.
Stokes added, “I got emotional there, at the end, and that was probably a culmination of lots of things, happiness that we won it and subconsciously thinking and remembering back to what I went through.”
We still have a serious amount of work to do – Ben Stokes
England will begin their 2019 Ashes journey just in two weeks. After winning the Cricket World Cup, Stokes is now focusing on the home Ashes series. He claimed that the CWC victory was their half achievement as they need to win the upcoming Ashes series too.
He claimed, “We’ve achieved half of what we wanted to do, which is winning the World Cup.
“Everyone who is involved in the Test team as well as the one-day team has sort of had to get their heads around the fact that we have an Ashes series coming up and we still have a serious amount of work to do.”
England will host the 2019 Ashes series. The five-match Test series between England and Australia will run from 1st August to 16th September 2019.
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