Darren Gough picks the top five batters he bowled against in Test matches including Australia and South Africa legends

13 Aug

Darren Gough has named the top five batters he ever bowled against in Test match cricket.

The former England fast bowler took 229 wickets in 58 Test matches and 235 wickets in 159 one-day internationals in an international career that spanned more than a decade.

The talkSPORT host came up against some of the greatest batsmen during his career in the 1990s and 2000s.

Darren Gough picked the top five batters he faced

Gough made his selections on the eve of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s and two Australians made the list.

5. Brian Lara

The great batsman twice broke the world record for highest individual score in a Test match, both times against England.

He scored 375 in 1994 and then 400 not out in 2004 with both coming in the West Indies.

Lara scored 11,953 in 131 Test matches at an average of 52.88 during his illustrious career.

Brian Lara is fifth in Darren Gough’s list
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He also holds the record for highest individual score in first-class cricket, which was 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham.

Gough said: “Number five because he got two massive scores, and I didn’t play in either. I joked with him about that.

“I had decent success against him but when he was on fire you would just have to get your tent out. When he’s in he becomes very difficult to bowl against.”

4. Jacques Kallis

The South African is one of the game’s greatest all-rounders with phenomenal records with both bat and ball.

In 166 Tests, he hit 13,289 runs at an average of 55.37 and took 292 wickets. Kallis also has 11,579 ODI runs with 273 wickets in 328 matches.

Gough said: “In terms of all round cricketer he is the greatest. Early on, you fancied him against the short ball. Once he got past the new ball he’d go on and make a big score.”

Jacques Kallis is a South Africa legend
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3. Ricky Ponting

The Australian great is the current assistant coach of his national side after being appointed in February.

He is Australia’s leading run-scorer and is one of four people to surpass 13,000 Test match runs. He averaged 51.85 in 168 Tests and 42 in 375 ODIs.

Ponting is statistically one of the most successful captains in history with 48 victories in 77 Tests between 2004 and 2010. He also led them to World Cup victories in 2003 and 2007 while was also being involved in their 1999 success.

Gough said: “I had decent success against him but he took me to the cleaners on a few occasions. If he got in you couldn’t bowl short, he would pull me for six. Great competitor.”

Ricky Ponting is one of the most successful captains in history
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2. Martin Crowe

Perhaps one of the lesser known players on the list but he still had a fantastic international record.

He averaged 45.36 in 77 Test matches with 5,444 runs during his New Zealand career between 1982 and 1995.

Gough said: “I faced him early on in my Test debut. He introduced me to Test match cricket. He had so much time and he played me like I was a medium pacer.

“He made me realise I would have to keep up my game. I realised the difference in calibre.”

Martin Crowe is second in Darren Gough’s list
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1. Adam Gilchrist

Gilchrist is arguably the greatest wicket-keeper batsman to play the game and revolutionised the position.

His aggressive style of play made him difficult to bowl against in the Australian batting line-up.

In 96 Test matches, he scored 5,570 runs at an average of 47.60 while he scored 9,619 ODI runs in 287 games at an average of 35.89.

Gough said: “Every time he came in, I’d bowled 15 or 16 overs before he came in. He batted seven and averaged 50. He would come in and decide he would want to bat in a one day match.

“The reason England won the Ashes in 2005 was that Flintoff kept getting him out.”

Adam Gilchrist averaged 47.60 in Test matches
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England all-rounder Ben Stokes calls for Kane Williamson to receive New Zealander of the Year prize

23 Jul

Ben Stokes has admitted he feels ‘flattered’ to be nominated for the New Zealander of the Year award but believes Black Caps captain Kane Williamson should win the prize.

World Cup winner Stokes was named man of the match as England beat New Zealand in a pulsating Cricket World Cup final at Lord’s earlier this month.

Stokes was England’s star player in an incredible final

The all-rounder, 28, was born in New Zealand but moved to England aged 12.

“It would not sit right with me to be nominated for this prestigious award,” said Stokes.

“There are people who deserve this recognition more and have done a lot more for the country of New Zealand.

“I have helped England lift a World Cup and my life is firmly established in the UK.”

Stokes believes Williamson should be the recipient of the New Zealander of the Year prize

The New Zealand public nominates ‘inspirational Kiwis’ for the award – those who believe they have made a “significant contribution to our nation and make us proud of our country”.

The likes of former New Zealand rugby union captain Richie McCaw, filmaker Taika Waititi and mental health campaigner Mike King have won the award in the past.

Stokes did say he was ‘proud’ of his New Zealand and Maori heritage but believes Williamson – who was named player of the tournament at the World Cup – to win.

“He [Williamson] should be revered as a Kiwi legend,” Stokes said. “He led his team in this World Cup with distinction and honour.

“He was the player of the tournament and an inspirational leader of men. He shows humility and empathy to every situation and is an all-round good bloke.

“He typifies what it is to be a New Zealander. He would be a worthy recipient of this accolade. New Zealand, fully support him. He deserves it and gets my vote.”

England Cricket World Cup final hero Ben Stokes nominated New Zealander of the Year

19 Jul

Ben Stokes has been nominated for New Zealander of the Year despite beating the Black Caps in the Cricket World Cup final with England.

Stokes was the hero for the host nation on Sunday with a magnificent 84 not out as the match ended with scores tied.

He then batted in the super over as England went on to lift the trophy.

Ben Stokes has been nominated for New Zealander of the year
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The 28-year-old has strong connections to New Zealand as he was born in Christchurch before moving to England when he was 12.

It would seem that some Kiwis still see Stokes as one of their own.

The award’s chief judge Cameron Bennett said: “He might not have been playing for the Black Caps but, having been born in Christchurch, where his parents now live, and with Maori ancestry, there’s clearly a few Kiwis about who think we can still claim him.”

The award is for inspirational New Zealanders who have ‘made a significant contribution to our national and make us proud of our country’.

Cricket World Cup player of the tournament, and Black Caps captain, Kane Williamson has also been nominated.

Past winners include former New Zealand rugby union captain Richie McCaw and filmmaker Taika Waititi.

Ben Stokes holds his hands up in apology after the ball hit him and deflected to reach the boundary


Stokes spoke exclusively to talkSPORT earlier this week about his incredible innings and how he coped with the pressure at Lord’s.

“When you’re out there, in the middle, the whole occasion sort of gets you through,” Stokes said on Drivetime.

“I would much rather be out there than watching because I would be a nervous wreck!

“But the emotions when I went out there in the middle just ebbed and flowed. It felt like we were on top, and then it felt like we were behind again.

“And that’s what happened in the game, especially in the last hour, it was New Zealand’s and then it was ours, then we were on top and then New Zealand were on top again. So it was just like a roller coaster!”

England heroes Ben Stokes, Joe Root, Jason Roy and Jorfra Archer named in Cricket World Cup team of the tournament

15 Jul

Four England players have been chosen in the Cricket World Cup team of the tournament.

The host nation lifted the trophy after a thrilling final with New Zealand at Lord’s that went down to a super over.

Jofra Archer celebrated wildly as he help England win the World Cup

It is the first time England have ever won the Cricket World Cup after previously losing in the three other finals they had reached.

Eoin Morgan’s side justified why they went into the tournament as the number one ranked side and the favourites.

Cricket World Cup team of the tournament

1. Jason Roy (England) – 443 runs @ 63.28

2. Rohit Sharma (India) – 648 runs @ 81.00

3. Kane Williamson, capt (New Zealand) – 578 runs @ 82.57

4. Joe Root (England) – 556 runs @ 61.77

5. Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) – 606 runs @ 86.57, 11 wickets @ 36.27

6. Ben Stokes (England) – 465 runs @ 66.42, seven wickets @ 35.14

7. Alex Carey (Australia) – 375 runs @ 62.50, 20 dismissals

8. Mitchell Starc (Australia) – 27 wickets @ 18.59

9. Jofra Archer (England) – 20 wickets @ 23.05

10. Lockie Ferguson (New Zealand) – 21 wickets @ 19.47

11. Jasprit Bumrah (India) – 18 wickets @ 20.61

England’s hero of the final Ben Stokes is in the team along with Jofra Archer, Joe Root and Jason Roy.

Losing captain Kane Williamson was named as the overall player of the tournament and picked as captain of the best XI, which was selected by an International Cricket Council panel.

England captain Eoin Morgan lifted the World Cup after a nail-biting finale

Compatriot Lockie Ferguson was also included after taking 21 wickets.

There were two players each from the losing semi-finalists also picked.

From Australia, wicket-keeper Alex Carey was selected for his 375 runs and 20 dismissals.

Mitchell Starc was the top wicket taker at the tournament with 27 scalps and took a deserved place in the XI.

India stars Rohit Sharma, who scored 648 runs, and Jasprit Bumrah, who took 18 wickets, were chosen.

The only player outside of the top four teams to be picked was Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan for his remarkable 606 runs and 11 wickets.

England hero Mark Wood explains just how it feels to win Cricket World Cup after being ‘dead and buried twice’ against New Zealand

15 Jul

Mark Wood twice thought England had lost the Cricket World Cup before Sunday’s remarkable final turned back in the hosts’ favour.

The nail-biting encounter with New Zealand went down to a super over.

Mark Wood and Ben Stokes walk off after the match finished a tie
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Ben Stokes dragged England back when the odds were stacked against them as they needed 22 from nine balls.

The match ended in a tie as Wood was run out on the last ball, and the super over also went down to the wire with both teams again finishing level.

But the hosts claimed their first ever World Cup by virtue of scoring more boundaries.

England celebrate their victory in the Cricket World Cup final

“It’s the best feeling ever,” Wood told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “We were dead and buried twice, I thought. I didn’t think before the two at the end we were going to make it.

“We got a bit of luck and Stokesy played unbelievably well. Then in the super over when they got the runs and when they needed three from two I was thinking ‘it’s not going to be our day’

“It was almost just meant to be and it was bodies flying everywhere and everyone just grabbing each other.

“Jofra [Archer] was on the floor with Stokes. It was mental but brilliant at the same time.”

It was the first time England have ever won the Cricket World Cup, and, remarkably, the first time in 27 years they’ve even reached a final.

Wood described what it was like playing under the high pressure conditions of the final.

He continued: “It did feel different. Obviously if we accept that it does feel different in probably in ways the first game of the tournament felt different.

“I think as long as you recognise it and accept it then it’s alright. On the field, as soon as I bowled my first ball then I was okay. Once you get into the game then it’s alright.

“It’s where the training takes over and the match takes over so you take it from there really.”

Cricket World Cup final: The simple mistake by New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult that helped England win the trophy

15 Jul

The Cricket World Cup final was decided by the finest of margins with England clinching the trophy in a super over.

New Zealand will be ruing about what could have been on Sunday at Lord’s.

Ben Stokes was given the ultimate reprieve in the penultimate over and he would eventually be the man who saw the hosts tie the scores.

Ben Stokes was the hero for England in the Cricket World Cup final

The England hero smashed the ball towards the boundary while needing 22 runs from just nine balls as Trent Boult readied himself to take the catch.

Getting Stokes out would have all but ended the contest with only the tailenders left to come.

The New Zealand fast bowler, though, stumbled backwards while catching the ball and stepped on the boundary rope.

Trent Boult stepped on the boundary rope and Ben Stokes lived to fight on
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Boult tried to throw the ball to team-mate Martin Guptil who was inside the boundary – but it was too late.

Instead of removing the dangerous man, England went six runs closer to their target.

It was a remarkable final few balls with Boult then going on to bowl the final over and conceding 14 to take it down to a super over decider.

Incredibly, both sides finished level again but England lifted the trophy by virtue of having scored more boundaries.

After the match, Stokes said: “I’m pretty lost for words. All the hard work over four years, to get here and be champions of the world it’s an amazing feeling. I’m pretty done.”

Cricket World Cup final: ‘Incredible, amazing’ – England’s Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Jofra Archer react to historic victory

14 Jul

England made history by winning the Cricket World Cup for the first time on Sunday.

The hosts and New Zealand remarkably finished level after 50 overs and so the tournament went down to a dramatic, deciding super-over.

England came out on top and you can read some of the players’ reactions below.

England captain Eoin Morgan lifted the World Cup

Eoin Morgan

“There wasn’t a lot in that game, jeez. I’d like to commiserate Kane [Williamson] and his team. I thought today was a hard, hard-fought game.

“On a tough wicket where everybody found it tough to score, we managed to restrict them to probably a good score and we lost wickets and were up against it. Buttler and Stokes put together a partnership…

“This has been a four year journey. We’ve developed a lot over the course of those four years, probably in particular the last two.

“We find it hard to play on wickets like that like good teams do around the world, but today was about getting over the line.

“Sport’s tough at times, but to get over the line means the world to us.”

Eoin Morgan with the trophy

Ben Stokes

“I don’t know, I’m pretty lost for words. I mean, all that hard work over that four years, to get here and be champions of the world, it’s an amazing feeling. I’m pretty done to be honest…

“It feels pretty good – I am lost for words. So much hard work has gone in, this is what we aspire to be. I don’t think there will ever be a better game in cricket than that.

“I have apologised countless times for that fluke, it’s not how you want to get them. There was no chance I wasn’t going to bat in that super over – I definitely wasn’t going to bowl anyway after last time…

“It’s fantastic. I don’t know what it is about finals that produce moments like that. It’s incredible. Amazing. We will find out tomorrow what it’s done for cricket – we’ve always had great support.

“The game was ebbing and flowing, I hope we have inspired people to want to do this in the future.”

Ben Stokes was overjoyed

Jos Buttler

“We wanted to take it deep. We didn’t really feel like the run rate would be an issue if we were both there at the end.

“Just trying to get a partnership together, as we said in the break. A couple of good partnerships will chase this down.

“So just trying to extend it, trying to put pressure back on New Zealand, and I don’t know what happened there at the end, that was unbelievable.

“Unbelievable, wasn’t it? I thought I’d seen everything in cricket and that game was just ridiculous. It’s very hard to put into words at the minute but what an unbelievable day.”

Jos Buttler hoisted the World Cup aloft

Jonny Bairstow

“I thought we bowled pretty well to be honest with you and then they put us under a heck of a lot of pressure early on with the ball.

“They took wickets and put it in the right areas so it was pretty tough, but the way that Stokesy and Jos then built on the partnership, I mean that’s won us the game at the end of the day.”

Jonny Bairstow had a well earned drink

Jofra Archer

“The last time I was in a final it didn’t go my way so that was in my mind.

“Stokesy came over and told me, win or lose, today will not define me as a player. The boys did so well to give us 15, I am so grateful they gave us the opportunity to compete.”

Jofra Archer celebrated wildly

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson

“Look, it certainly wasn’t for one extra run, there are so many parts in that match that could have gone either way.

“Congratulations to England, they had a fantastic campaign and deserve their victory.

“It’s been challenging, the pitches have been different. There was a lot of talk of 300+ scores but there hasn’t been much of that.

“We have showed heart and fight to get to this stage and a tie in the final – it wasn’t meant to be.

“The guys are shattered. It’s devastating. Tough to swallow.”

Kane Williamson had to walk past the trophy

Cricket World Cup final: Watch England fans’ crazy celebrations at Trafalgar Square after dramatic victory

14 Jul

England fans celebrated wildly in Trafalgar Square after the country won the Cricket World Cup for the first time on Sunday.

The hosts and New Zealand remarkably finished level on scores after 50 overs and so the tournament came down to a crucial, deciding super-over.

Both teams scored 241 from their 50 overs and each had to bat again in the rare super-over.

The six-ball shootout had only occurred 11 times in international history and never before in an ODI.

Remarkably, the teams went blow-for-blow once again, with Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler hitting 15 for England off Trent Boult before Jofra Archer conceded 14 off his first five deliveries.

The Barbados-born bowler, the least experienced player on either side, held his nerve as Martin Guptill forced the ball into the off-side and came back for a second that would have taken the trophy.

Enter Jason Roy, who picked up cleanly despite unimaginable pressure and hurled a flat, decisive throw towards Jos Buttler, who scattered the stumps as Guptill scrambled.

While the super over scores were level, it was England who clinched the trophy having scored more boundaries in their innings.

At the fan zone in Trafalgar Square, this moment was met with crazy scenes as English fans celebrated the historic triumph.

You can watch videos of the moment the fan zone erupted above.

England WIN the Cricket World Cup: Ben Stokes the hero as hosts beat New Zealand in incredible final at Lord’s

14 Jul

England won the Cricket World Cup for the first time in dramatic fashion as they beat New Zealand in one of the most incredible matches of all-time.

After both teams had scored 241 from their 50 overs, they had to each bat again in a sudden-death super-over.

The hosts scored 15 from their six balls and New Zealand equalled that total but, as they scored more boundaries in their innings, it was England who clinched the trophy.

Jos Buttler celebrates after running out Martin Guptill to win England the World Cup
Buttler is followed by his jubilant England teammates

New Zealand had won the toss and it took their captain Kane Williamson 12 balls to get off the mark, eventually off and running with a single from Jofra Archer.

In all England sent down 44 dots in the first 10 overs, keeping the score down to a sedate 33 for one in the powerplay.

Change bowlers Liam Plunkett and Mark Wood let the control drop slightly, offering up 22 runs in their first three overs.

With 20 overs gone the score had stretched to 91 for one, with Nicholls moving to 40 and Williamson up to 24 after taking the attack to Adil Rashid’s leg-spin.

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The game was drifting, with the New Zealand pair looking increasingly settled in their task and the score reaching three figures in the 22nd over.

But Plunkett returned to bowl the next and struck gold with his fourth delivery. He went full outside off stump, tempting Williamson to feel for it but finding a touch of extra bounce.

He went up immediately, as did Buttler, but Williamson was unmoved. Morgan needed no invitation to review and technology confirmed a thin edge, sending the key man back for 30.

Nicholls moved to 50 shortly after the wicket, a hard-working 71-ball effort, with Ross Taylor in place as his next foil.

Plunkett delivered a second huge scalp with the penultimate ball of his sixth over.

Nicholls was the man to go this time, his stern vigil ended by a cutter which moved in and scattered the stumps off the inside edge.

Plunkett’s transformative second spell came to an end having yielded two wickets and just seven runs from four overs.

With 32 gone the Kiwis were 134 for three, Taylor and Tom Latham in charge of steering the remainder of the innings.

Plunkett celebrates taking one of his three wickets
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Wood returned for another blast at the Pavilion End and wasted no time ramming home the advantage, rapping Taylor on the front pad and persuading Erasmus to raise his finger.

The ball was high enough to have cleared the stumps but Guptill’s frivolous use of the review meant he had no recourse to challenge. At 141 for four, the visiting side were in trouble.

Neesham and Taylor put on 32 for the fifth wicket and were threatening to find some momentum when Plunkett, inevitably, parted them.

Immediately after being whipped for four by Neesham he offered up a slower cross-seamer, which the batsman could only lift gently to Joe Root at mid-off.

That left New Zealand on 173 for five and Plunkett with standout figures of three for 40.

Woakes drew Colin De Grandhomme into a false shot for a soft dismissal, the Kiwi batsman chipping straight to sub fielder Vince for a facile catch.

Chris Woakes also starred with the ball for England
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De Grandhomme departed for 16 from 28 balls with New Zealand slipping to 219 for six in the 47th over.

Latham chipped out in woeful fashion next, stubbing a full-toss from Woakes right down Vince’s throat.

That meant he fell three short of a half-century to trudge off on 47, with New Zealand down to 232 for seven in the 49th over.

Archer castled Matt Henry for four in the final over, conjuring a fine yorker to reduce New Zealand to 240 for eight, with three balls left in the innings.

New Zealand closed their innings on 241 for eight from their full 50 overs, leaving England requiring 242 to lift the World Cup trophy.

There was drama with the first ball of England’s reply, umpire Marais Erasmus unmoved after Jason Roy was caught flush on the pads by an inswinger from left-arm seamer Trent Boult.

New Zealand immediately reviewed and Roy was only reprieved by umpire’s call on leg stump.

Roy played and missed off successive Henry deliveries, drawing gasps from the crowd in a tetchy start from England.

However, the in-form opener, who has registered at least a half-century in eight of his last nine ODIs, crunched the seamer down the ground for four.

Bairstow inside edged Boult past his stumps while the left-armer was unfortunate not to make contact with anything, nut-megging Roy with a yorker.

Roy advanced down the track and sent a skier over the mid-on fielder, who was unable to take the catch as the ball bounced safely.

Bairstow, who had made two off his first 10 deliveries, crunched Boult for two authoritative off-side fours in the space of three Boult balls.

Roy was loose on the drive, playing and missing off Henry, who eventually had his man when another punch from the batsman took the outside edge and was taken low by wicketkeeper Latham, bending forward to snaffle the chance.

Colin de Grandhomme celebrates taking the wicket of Joe Root
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Roy and Bairstow had contributed three successive century stands since the former returned from a hamstring tear but England lost their first wicket with 28 on the board.

In going past four, Bairstow went beyond 500 runs for the tournament. England ended the first powerplay on 39 for one.

Bairstow was given a life on 18 when De Grandhomme shelled a relatively simple return catch from the Yorkshireman’s drive.

Bairstow’s tuck to square leg in De Grandhomme’s next over saw England claim a comfortable single, their first run in 20 balls, following three successive maidens.

Henry continued into a seventh over following an impressive start but went too full to Bairstow, who assuredly clipped off his legs for four.

Another boundary followed off the next ball but in far more fortuitous circumstances, Bairstow once again inside edging narrowly past his stumps.

Root was unable to make it out of double figures. The ball after coming down the wicket and missing a swipe across the line off De Grandhomme, he aimed another booming drive at the seamer and only succeeded in feathering behind.

It was the shot of a man under pressure to keep the scoreboard ticking over, and he departed having contributed seven off 30 balls. He left the crease with England on 59 for two.

Bairstow’s punch through the covers off Lockie Ferguson seemed to allay any nerves but the Yorkshireman’s luck finally ran out when he chopped the paceman on to his stumps.

Bairstow departed for 36, having contributed just over half his side’s runs, as England slipped to 71 for three.

The tension was slowly building as the England batsmen struggled on a pitch where slower deliveries were proving difficult to get away.

Morgan, whose technique has been questioned under the short ball, took evasive action from a rising delivery from Ferguson, the ball clipping the England captain’s helmet on the way through to Latham.

Another lifter cleared Morgan as well as New Zealand’s wicketkeeper on its way to the boundary, gratefully accepted by England.

England were in major strife when Morgan, perhaps sensing the need to accelerate, carved Neesham’s first ball in the air to deep point, where Ferguson took a fantastic catch diving forward.

Jos Buttler had a couple of moments of fortune, initially as the penultimate delivery of De Grandhomme narrowly missed bat and stumps.

Off the very next ball, England’s wicketkeeper sliced into the air but bounced short of third man as De Grandhomme finished with astonishing figures of 10-2-25-1.

When Boult offered some width Buttler could not resist, cutting uppishly beyond the diving Guptill.

However, the outstretched right hand of New Zealand’s gun fielder at backward point was unable to pouch the chance.

Jos Buttler plays the ramp shot against New Zealand
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The partnership had passed 50 when Buttler was struck on the front pad by Henry, leading to a New Zealand review, only to go to waste as technology showed the ball would have bypassed leg stump.

However, the asking rate was up to seven an over at the end of the 36th.

The tension was palpable as the overs ticked away, Buttler diffusing some of it with an outrageous trademark scoop after stepping across his stumps off Henry.

The equation came down to 65 runs from the final eight overs.

Stokes was left on all fours by a fantastic yorker from Neesham, which England’s all-rounder was just able to dig out with his bat before dropping to the floor.

Buttler was the first to his 50 off 53 balls, thumping Boult over the cover fielder for four and taking his and Stokes’ partnership into three figures, the first century partnership of the match.

Lord’s was rocking, the atmosphere fevered, as Stokes followed Buttler to a half-century three balls later, leaving England needing 53 from the final six overs.

Buttler hammered a Ferguson full toss over cover for four but was fortunate a slice off the next ball went fine, stopped at the third man boundary by Boult, who saved two.

However, Buttler was on his way back to the pavilion after an excellent 59 from 60 balls when he miscued a slower ball from Ferguson to substitute fielder Tim Southee, running in from cover point to take a fine catch.

Ben Stokes was England’s hero against New Zealand
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Neesham conceded only three singles from the first five deliveries of the 46th over but Stokes flicked a fuller delivery to midwicket, where the fielder was unable to intercept.

England needed 39 from 24 balls, and Woakes was soon on his way after swinging across the line and top-edging an attempted pull off Ferguson, with Latham holding his nerve to take a steepler.

Three of the first four balls Plunkett faced were dot balls but he did crack one to the midwicket fence as England were left needing 34 from the final three overs.

Stokes split the fielders in the deep on the leg-side when Boult was fractionally off his length as 10 were taken in the 48th over.

England needed 24 from the final 12 deliveries.

England’s hopes were slipping away when Plunkett holed out to long-off off Neesham for a run-a-ball 10, leaving England needing 22 from the final nine deliveries as Archer joined Stokes in the middle.

Stokes went for a big heave off the next ball – and the end looked nigh when Boult took the catch, only for the left-armer to step on to the boundary rope before tossing back to Guptill.

Archer suffered a golden duck after being cleaned up by Neesham.

The equation was simple: England needed 15 from the final over to win the World Cup.

Tim Southee catches the ball to take the wicket of England’s Jos Buttler

Stokes was unable to clear the ring from the first two balls, Boult nailing his lengths, and the all-rounder refused the single.

The Durham man got down on one knee and slog swept the next ball for a maximum before a strange turn of events led to England needing three from two balls.

Stokes failed to connect cleanly with a full toss but, coming back for a second, he dived into the crease, the ball from Guptill’s throw bouncing off his bat and racing away for four.

Six runs – the two England ran and the four overthrows – were therefore added to England’s total as Stokes held his hands up in apology.

Rashid sacrificed himself coming back for a second as he was run out at the non-striker’s end to get Stokes back on strike as England were left needing two runs from the final ball in a grandstand finish.

Stokes bunted into the leg-side and ran back for a second but new man Wood failed to make it back to his end as England were all out for 241.

But Stokes’ herculean 84 not out meant the match was taken to a Super Over to determine the winner – the first time this has happened in the history of the World Cup final.

Stokes and Buttler came out to bat for England, Boult the bowler for New Zealand.

England’s Ben Stokes plays the last shot of the match

Each side will have six balls and three batsman. Two wickets end the Super Over.

In the event of the teams being tied at the end of the Super Over, England would win by virtue of a superior boundary count in their innings.

Stokes sliced in the air from Boult’s first delivery but he and Buttler ran hard to collect three before the latter claimed a single.

Stokes then slog swept Boult for four and then collected a single. Boult’s next ball was a yorker but Buttler was still able to get back for a couple before creaming a shot into the leg-side for four.

England, therefore, left New Zealand needing 16 to win the World Cup thanks to Stokes making eight and Buttler seven from three balls apiece.

The World Cup final went down to a super over

Neesham stretched but failed to make contact with the first delivery, signalled a wide, before he and Guptill ran a couple after shovelling into the off-side.

Neesham was well back in his crease when he walloped Archer for a maximum to leave the Kiwis needing seven off four. A misfield from Roy at deep midwicket then allowed Neesham and Guptill to come back for two.

A quick single was taken from the penultimate ball, Archer opting to keep the ball in his hand rather than risk overthrows.

Two were needed from the final ball but they could only manage one and England lifted the World Cup thanks to scoring more boundaries in their innings.

Cricket World Cup final 2019: Vitaly Uncensored pitch invader tries to disrupt England vs New Zealand clash at Lord’s

14 Jul

Pitch invaders have become a big talking point at this summer’s highest profile sporting events but security at the Cricket World Cup final stopped the latest from getting on the field.

The Champions League final was disrupted by Kinsey Wolanski who was wearing a skimpy swimsuit with ‘Vitaly Uncensored’ emblazoned on it.

A pitch invader was detained at the Cricket World Cup final
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She made it to the halfway line before being stopped by security guards and has since seen her online profile soar.

Pictures show the latest pitch-invader dressed in a similar outfield with the x-rated website’s branding on being stopped on the boundary edge as England take on New Zealand at Lord’s.

The pitch invader was removed by security guards
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Play was not disrupted at the home of cricket as the Black Caps won the toss and chose to bat first.

Vitaly Zdorovetskiy, who set up Vitaly Uncensored, claimed that it was actually his mum who was involved in the latest stunt.

His YouTube channel has 1.6billion views and posts popular x-rated pranks. He is better known by his YouTube name VitalyzdTv.

Zdorovetskiy, who invaded the pitch in the 2014 World Cup Final, is banned from major sporting events for his antics.

His girlfriend, Wolanski, also tried to disrupt to disrupt the Copa America final but their plans were foiled and both ended up in jail.