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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

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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
'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 getty images 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.”'