Ben Stokes Sets Sight on Ashes Glory After World Cup Triumph
The hosts won what Stokes described as the “best-ever” final on superior boundary count.
Ben Stokes has already turned his attention to the Ashes just a day after starring for England in their dramatic World Cup final win against New Zealand.
The all-rounder made an unbeaten 84 as the host nation tied the scores in regulation play at Lord's on Sunday and batted again in a Super Over shootout that also ended all-square.
The hosts won what Stokes described as the "best-ever" final on superior boundary count.
Monday saw a bleary-eyed Stokes on the other side of London's River Thames, where he was attending a team celebration event at the Oval, with Eoin Morgan's side parading the trophy in front of hundreds of young fans.
"I've woken up in better conditions, but it's an incredible feeling," Stokes, who was man of the match, told AFP.
We would have been devastated if we hadn’t managed to lift that trophy but looking back over that game I think it will go down in the history books as the best ever, with all the drama of a World Cup final.It’s an amazing thing to be part of.”Ben Stokes
The World Cup could be the first half of remarkable double with England, for the first time since the inaugural 1975 edition, staging a World Cup and Ashes in the same season.
First comes a one-off Test against Ireland at Lord's next week before England begin their quest to regain the urn against an Australia side seeking a first away Ashes series win since 2001 at Edgbaston on August 1.
"We may be world champions but also want to be Ashes winners as well," said the 28-year-old Stokes.
“Everyone here deserves to feel like a champion because we’ve just won it but when it comes to the Ashes it’s going to be heads on again because it has to be.”Ben Stokes
"Whether you're winning or losing games, you've just got to wipe the slate clean” added Stokes.
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