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Ben Stokes says he wants to bowl during the end overs

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Jan 25, 2014

England’s Ben Stokes has said that he wants to feel the pressure of bowling at the death for them in One-Day International (ODI) matches.

“I think he [captain Alastair Cook] knows. We chatted about it and I said, ‘Yeah, I want to bowl at the end’,” said Stokes. He won the Man of the Match award in the ODI at Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) Ground against Australia thanks to his 70 with the bat and four  for 39 with the ball, as reported by BBC.

“I’ve done that role for Durham. It’s not like I’m not used to it,” added Stokes.

England are already 3-1 down in the five-match ODI series and there are still two Twenty20 Internationals (T20I) matches to be played after the final ODI at Adelaide.

Stokes had a bad time with the ball during the second ODI when James Faulkner had smashed him for five  sixes in the last 10 overs.

But since that match, Stokes has bounced back and has been a rare success in England’s disastrous tour so far.

“It can go one way or the other. I  always want to be involved in the key moments. I want to try and influence the result for whatever team I’m playing for,” said Stokes.

“This is the first time I’ve come up against anything like that before. I will take a lot away from this tour. I’m always competitive and I’m always up for the fight. Every time I go out there it is a new experience,” added Stokes.

“I don’t think I’ve nailed my position. I’ve just got to put some consistent efforts in and make sure I keep my place in the team,” concluded Stokes.

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