‘Ben Stokes took cigarette break to calm nerves ahead of WC Super Over’

Christchurch, July 14

Star all-rounder Ben Stokes had sneaked off for a “cigarette break” with the intention to calm his nerves forward of the Super Over throughout final yr’s epic World Cup last, an anecdote which finds point out in a brand new guide on England’s triumph.

A yr in the past, England had claimed their maiden 50 over World Cup title after beating New Zealand by advantage of a contentious boundary count-back rule as scores had been tied even after the Super Over. It was arguably one of many biggest finals within the Cup historical past.

On the primary anniversary of the historic triumph, excerpts from a guide – Morgan’s Men: The Inside Story of England’s Rise from Cricket World Cup Humiliation to Glory – has revealed the stress that Stokes felt on that day at Lord’s.

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“Finding a quiet spot as the frenzy of the Super Over approached was hard in a ground packed out with 27,000 supporters and television cameras following the players from the middle, through the Long Room and up the stairs to the dressing room,” authors Nick Hoult and Steve James wrote and the excerpt has been printed by stuff.co.nz.

“But Ben Stokes had performed at Lord’s many instances. He is aware of each nook and cranny. As Eoin Morgan tries to convey calm to the England dressing room and type out their techniques, Stokes nips off for a second of peace,” it added.  

“He is covered in dirt and sweat. He has batted for two hours and 27 minutes of unbelievable tension. What does Stokes do? He goes to the back of the England dressing room, past the attendant’s little office and into the showers. There he lights up a cigarette and has few minutes on his own.”   

The 29-year-old Stokes was adjudged the Man of the Match for his unbeaten 84, plus eight runs within the Super Over, which helped England declare that momentous victory. PTI

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