This is our World Cup: Stokes
England all-rounder Ben Stokes believes the hosts can still win the World Cup despite the back to back defeats.
The hosts England started the tournament as hot favourites and rightly so, they started with a comfortable win against South Africa in the opener. The victories against Afghanistan and Bangladesh were also dominating, but a shock defeat against Sri Lanka have changed it all followed by another defeat against their arch-rivals Australia.
However, English all-rounder Ben Stokes is still hopeful that they can lift their first ever World Cup at home.
“This is our World Cup. We’ve had great support over the last four years and we know how much the World Cup means to fans and we know that as players as well. It’s one of the biggest times and greatest times to be a cricketer, which is to represent your country at a World Cup.”
“But we are not going to take a backwards step and, as I’ve said, this is our World Cup and we are going to go about it how we want to,” Stokes added.
The all-rounder played back to back amazing innings against Sri Lanka and Australia, but couldn’t take his side over the line in the end. He feels England need to dig deep in their last two games.
“I think it’s just disappointing, losing. Everyone tries to go out there and play knocks to get over the line for the team. It always feels nice getting runs and stuff like that, but it counts for nothing when you can’t get over the line.”
“But normally we have two or three guys in the order who can do that. We have to really dig deep in these last couple of games here, not go back on how we know we play well,” he added.
Stokes scored unbeaten 82 and 89 against Sri Lanka and Australia respectively.