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We want to be world number one: Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes
England’s Ben Stokes gestures to the crowd as he walks back to the pavilion. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

All-rounder Ben Stokes, who struck an unbeaten on 47 at Chittagong in the series decider last night, has stated that England wants to be the best in the world. Stokes played a pivotal role in the 2-1 series win and was awarded the Man of the Series award. It was England’s third successive one-day series victory, following home wins over Sri Lanka and Pakistan this year. The victory ended Bangladesh’s six-series winning streak at home which included victories over India, Pakistan and South Africa.

“It’s a big achievement. They are a very tough team to beat in their home conditions. Really good teams have come here and haven’t quite managed to do enough to beat them. To come out here with the inexperience that we have and to win is a credit to where we are and where we want to be going forward as a team, who was man of the series with 148 runs at 74.”

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England is currently fifth in the ODI rankings. Australia currently sits at the of the one-day standings, followed by South Africa, New Zealand, India.

“We want to be world number one,” added Stokes. “If we keep playing the cricket we have done then a few teams will be worried about playing us. We’ve beaten really good teams in the last 18 months.

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“The new team and the way we want to play is really paying off. Everyone involved in the unit, the players and management, are buying into the way we want to play. Everyone is of the same mindset.”

The deciding game was in the balance in Chittagong when England found themselves rocking a little on 236 for six; still 42 short of victory. Stokes, however, played a mature and calm inning and batted in pair with Woakes to see his team win the match.

“Personal success is great but it can be taken away if you don’t win the game,” he said. “It was the icing on the cake to win the series and be the guy not out at the end.”

“Since being given the opportunity to play in the role I have been doing for Durham, which is batting five and bowling as well; that position I understand how I play and my role in the team.

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“Experience as well, you learn how to play one-day cricket more. When I first came into the team I was a bit hit-and-miss, trying to hit too many boundary options too early. Now I am starting to accumulate knowing I can catch up once I am in at the end.”

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