Stokes steps up in England win
All-rounder Ben Stokes is eager to back up a man of the match performance for England as they levelled their ODI series against New Zealand with a win in Tauranga.
Stokes, making only his second appearance of the winter, took two wickets, aided in two run-outs and scored an unbeaten 63 as the Three Lions won the second one-day international by six wickets, with more than 12 overs to spare.
I wanted to make sure I was not out there at the end and hopefully that is a stepping stone.Ben Stokes
The Black Caps made 223 all out after being asked to bat first at the Bay Oval, with England overcoming some early jitters to power to victory thanks to half-centuries from Stokes and captain Eoin Morgan
And Stokes is keen to build on a high-class display in all three areas of the game, with three more one-dayers and two Test matches still to come in New Zealand.
He told Sky Sports: "We wanted to come back strong after the first defeat. We weren't too far off with bat and ball in Hamilton, but we let ourselves down in the field.
"We stepped that intensity up in the field and we showed how good a fielding side we are.
"It was nice to spend some time in the middle in that partnership with Eoin Morgan. I wanted to make sure I was not out there at the end and hopefully that is a stepping stone.
"It's an amazing feeling to be back in among the team. It was the one place I wanted to be - back and representing my country. It has been frustrating."
Meanwhile, England are 3/1 to win the 2019 World Cup on home soil, 2/1 to regain the Ashes in the home series against Australia in the same year and 5/1 to claim the title at the 2020 ICC World Twenty20.
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