Ben Stokes EXCLUSIVE: England’s World Cup hero tells talkSPORT about his incredible innings, how he coped with the pressure and THAT six at lord’s

16 Jul

Ben Stokes revealed he thought the chance to win the World Cup had gone against New Zealand on Sunday.

Stokes struck an unbeaten 84 at Lord’s to force a super over in which he and Jos Buttler smashed home 15 to help the hosts set up the most dramatic of victories.

Ben Stokes spoke exclusively to talkSPORT about the incredible World Cup final at Lord’s
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The 28-year-old’s pivotal innings came less than a year after he was found not guilty of affray following a late-night brawl in Bristol, an incident that forced him to miss an Ashes series and placed his future in doubt.

And the all-rounder, who was named Man of the Match, admitted he thought his shot at redemption had passed him by in the west London sun.

“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!

At times, the 28-year-old seemed to be dragging England to victory on his own at Lord’s
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“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!”

Despite showing signs of fatigue and even having to have a shower to wake himself up before the super over, Stokes produced a monumental effort to swing the game back in England’s favour.

But the game turned on one crucial moment.

With nine needed from three deliveries, Stokes and Adil Rashid pushed for a second run when a throw from a fielder deflected off Stokes’ outstretched bat and away to the boundary for four byes and six in total.

Stokes apologises after the ball hit his bat and hit the boundary
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And although the 28-year-old held his arms in the air in an apologetic stance, he admits he knew victory was ‘written in the stars’.

He added: “I didn’t really know where the ball had gone to be honest and then I’ve looked up and seen them all running after the ball.

“It’s obviously not the way that we would probably want to do it, but it was sort of written in the stars when Boulty (Trent Boult) steps on the rope and then something like that happens as well.”

With the teams locked in a super over, 24-year-old Jofra Archer conceded 14 off his first five deliveries.

Archer became an instant hero on Sunday
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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 Buttler, who scattered the stumps as Guptill scrambled.

Tied once again, England triumphed on account of boundaries scored, a technocratic decider in a contest that proved impossible to settle any other way.

After 44 years and 12 editions England finally lifted the trophy, Eoin Morgan’s side securing their legacy in front of 30,000 captivated fans, a mass gathering at Trafalgar Square and on television in homes up and down the country. And Stokes has recalled the exact moment he knew this team had written their names into the history books.

England players celebrate winning the World Cup
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“When [Jimmy] Neehsam got off strike, we all ran over to the other side of the pitch,” he added.

“So we all put ourselves in the position we all felt the ball was going to go. But I was sort of running in after he hit the ball because it wasn’t coming towards me and I was watching them running between the wickets.

“And I sort of had to go off everybody else’s reaction because I had no idea if he made it or not, but then when [Jos] Buttler took the stumps and started throwing his gloves all over the Lord’s outfield I couldn’t believe we had just won the World Cup.”

Ben Stokes EXCLUSIVE: England’s World Cup hero tells talkSPORT about his incredible innings, how he coped with the pressure and THAT six at lord’s

16 Jul

Ben Stokes revealed he thought the chance to win the World Cup had gone against New Zealand on Sunday.

Stokes struck an unbeaten 84 at Lord’s to force a super over in which he and Jos Buttler smashed home 15 to help the hosts set up the most dramatic of victories.

Ben Stokes spoke exclusively to talkSPORT about the incredible World Cup final at Lord’s
getty images

The 28-year-old’s pivotal innings came less than a year after he was found not guilty of affray following a late-night brawl in Bristol, an incident that forced him to miss an Ashes series and placed his future in doubt.

And the all-rounder, who was named Man of the Match, admitted he thought his shot at redemption had passed him by in the west London sun.

“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!

At times, the 28-year-old seemed to be dragging England to victory on his own at Lord’s
getty images

“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!”

Despite showing signs of fatigue and even having to have a shower to wake himself up before the super over, Stokes produced a monumental effort to swing the game back in England’s favour.

But the game turned on one crucial moment.

With nine needed from three deliveries, Stokes and Adil Rashid pushed for a second run when a throw from a fielder deflected off Stokes’ outstretched bat and away to the boundary for four byes and six in total.

Stokes apologises after the ball hit his bat and hit the boundary
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And although the 28-year-old held his arms in the air in an apologetic stance, he admits he knew victory was ‘written in the stars’.

He added: “I didn’t really know where the ball had gone to be honest and then I’ve looked up and seen them all running after the ball.

“It’s obviously not the way that we would probably want to do it, but it was sort of written in the stars when Boulty (Trent Boult) steps on the rope and then something like that happens as well.”

With the teams locked in a super over, 24-year-old Jofra Archer conceded 14 off his first five deliveries.

Archer became an instant hero on Sunday
AFP or licensors

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 Buttler, who scattered the stumps as Guptill scrambled.

Tied once again, England triumphed on account of boundaries scored, a technocratic decider in a contest that proved impossible to settle any other way.

After 44 years and 12 editions England finally lifted the trophy, Eoin Morgan’s side securing their legacy in front of 30,000 captivated fans, a mass gathering at Trafalgar Square and on television in homes up and down the country. And Stokes has recalled the exact moment he knew this team had written their names into the history books.

England players celebrate winning the World Cup
getty images

“When [Jimmy] Neehsam got off strike, we all ran over to the other side of the pitch,” he added.

“So we all put ourselves in the position we all felt the ball was going to go. But I was sort of running in after he hit the ball because it wasn’t coming towards me and I was watching them running between the wickets.

“And I sort of had to go off everybody else’s reaction because I had no idea if he made it or not, but then when [Jos] Buttler took the stumps and started throwing his gloves all over the Lord’s outfield I couldn’t believe we had just won the World Cup.”

Who will in the 2019 Women’s World Cup? Super Computer predicts which team will lift the trophy in France this year

7 Jun

The 2019 Women’s World Cup gets under way on Friday night as hosts France take on South Korea.

You can listen to extended coverage of the tournament live on talkSPORT, including live commentary of every England and Scotland match.

England’s women are among the favourites for glory in France
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Phil Neville’s Lionesses are aiming to do better than their male counterparts once again and reach the final having won this year’s SheBelieves Cup.

The likes of Steph Houghton, Fran Kirby, and Lucy Bronze will be doing all they can across the Channel but will be wary of some familiar foes in Group D.

Scotland have reached their first ever World Cup and with stars like Chelsea’s Erin Cuthbert in their squad they have the potential to cause a stir, with Japan and Argentina also up against them.

United States are looking to retain the trophy following their victory over Japan in 2015 but won’t have things their own way with France, Germany, and the Netherlands among the favourites, along with England, Japan, and Australia.

But who will win the biggest tournament in world sport this summer?

talkSPORT.com has input the latest data into its trusty Super Computer and have had the results delivered.

You can see who qualify from each group below and the how the knockout stages will pan out.

This is how the Super Computer predicted the qualifiers from the Group Stages.

Round of 16

Norway 1-1 Italy – Norway win on penalties

England 2-1 New Zealand

France 3-1 Brazil

Can France claim victory on home soil?
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Spain 1-4 United States

Australia 3-2 South Korea

Netherlands 2-1 Japan

The Dutch will be looking to build on their European Championships win two years ago
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Germany 2-0 Scotland

Sweden 1-2 Canada (After Extra-Time)

Canada have legendary 281-cap star Christine Sinclair among their ranks
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Quarter-finals

Norway 1-2 England

France 2-3 United States

Australia 1-2 Netherlands

Germany 2-0 Canada

Germany were semi-finalists back in 2015
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Semi-finals

England 1-3 United States

Netherlands 3-2 Germany

Final

United States 3-2 Netherlands (After Extra-Time)

The talkSPORT Super Computer reckons United States are set to win the World Cup in France
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Women’s World Cup winner odds: Where do England and Scotland rank among the pre-tournament favourites to lift the trophy?

7 Jun

The 2019 Women’s World Cup is just around the corner as 24 teams battle for the right to call themselves world champions.

You can listen to coverage of every single England and Scotland game LIVE across the talkSPORT network.

England Women are among the favourites for glory in France
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Commentaries will be shared across talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2, as we capture all the colour from France, analysis of the action and build-up to the biggest ever event in women’s football.

Our coverage will be led by Natalie Sawyer – presenter of talkSPORT’s Kick Off show and The Times’ The Game podcast.

There will be further coverage of the tournament, including the opening game, both semi-finals, and the final.

But who are the favourites to win the tournament this summer?

talkSPORT.com have consulted Betfair via Oddschecker and below you can see what the odds are for each team to win the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

20= Thailand (500/1)

20= Cameroon (500/1)

20= Argentina (500/1)

20= Chile (500/1)

Chile are in Group F alongside USA, Sweden and Thailand
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20= South Africa (500/1)

16= Jamaica (100/1)

16= Nigeria (100/1)

16= South Korea (100/1)

South Korea captain Cho So-Hyun plays her club football with West Ham
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16= New Zealand (100/1)

15. Scotland (66/1)

13= Italy (50/1)

13= China (50/1)

12. Norway (40/1)

9= Brazil (25/1)

Brazil will have a chance of going far if star striker Marta plays well
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9= Sweden (25/1)

9= Spain (25/1)

8. Canada (16/1)

6= Australia (14/1)

6= Netherlands (14/1)

The Netherlands won the Women’s European Championships on home soil in 2017
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5. Japan (12/1)

4. England (7/1)

Phil Neville’s players are one of the favourites for World Cup glory
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3. Germany (5/1)

2. France (7/2)

1. USA (11/4)

The Americans are the favourites to triumph in France
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