A 12 months in the past, England had claimed their maiden 50 over World Cup title after beating New Zealand by advantage of a contentious boundary count-back rule as scores have been tied even after the Super Over. It was arguably one of many the best finals within the Cup historical past.
On the primary anniversary of that historic triumph, excerpts from a guide known as ‘Morgan’s Men: The Inside Story of England’s Rise from Cricket World Cup Humiliation to Glory’ has revealed the strain that Stokes felt on that day at Lord’s.
“Finding a quiet spot as the frenzy of the Super Over approached was hard in a ground packed out with 27,000 supporters and television cameras following the players from the middle, through the Long Room and up the stairs to the dressing room,” authors Nick Hoult and Steve James wrote and the excerpt has been revealed by stuff.co.nz.
“But Ben Stokes had performed at Lord’s many instances. He is aware of each nook and cranny. As Eoin Morgan tries to deliver calm to the England dressing room and type out their ways, Stokes nips off for a second of peace.
“He is roofed in grime and sweat. He has batted for 2 hours and 27 minutes of unbelievable rigidity. What does Stokes do? He goes to the again of the England dressing room, previous the attendant’s little workplace and into the showers. There he lights up a cigarette and has couple of minutes on his personal.”
The 29-year-old Stokes was adjudged the Man of the Match for his unbeaten 84, plus eight runs within the Super Over, which helped England declare that momentous victory.
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