(Cricket News) Ben Stokes etched his name in England’s ODI record books by delivering a stellar performance of 182 runs against New Zealand during the third ODI on a Thursday showdown. This remarkable achievement not only marked Stokes’s highest ODI score but also signified his return to the ODI setup for the impending 2023 World Cup.
To reach his century, Stokes exhibited a remarkable display of skill, requiring only 76 balls. However, he didn’t stop there and continued to build his innings, ultimately reaching the monumental milestone of 182 runs from 124 deliveries. This impressive innings was studded with 15 fours and 9 sixes, showcasing his exceptional batting prowess.
Before this standout performance, Stokes had last recorded a century in the ODI format back in 2017 during the Champions Trophy against Australia. Notably, he had temporarily retired from ODIs in July, a decision that came two months after he was appointed as England’s Test captain. Stokes’s heroic efforts during the 2019 World Cup final on home soil, where he played a pivotal role with an unbeaten 84 in a dramatic super over, cemented his place in cricketing history.
As for the match itself, New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl first at The Oval in the third ODI of the series, which was evenly poised at 1-1. Unfortunately for England, Jason Roy continued to be sidelined due to a recurring back issue, leaving his participation in the upcoming Cricket World Cup in doubt. The versatile Harry Brook, who was vying for a spot in the World Cup squad, made way for Dawid Malan’s return to the team after missing the second ODI following the birth of his son.
In the bowling department, Chris Woakes replaced David Willey, and New Zealand made several changes, resting Tim Southee and Matt Henry. This shake-up saw Kyle Jamieson, Lockie Ferguson, and Ben Lister join the bowling attack. Additionally, T20 specialist Finn Allen was omitted in favor of Henry Nicholls, allowing Will Young to open the batting for New Zealand. The outcome of the four-match series was poised to be decided at Lord’s in the upcoming fixture.