Ben Stokes is looking forward to taking on India in the series finale after his English side failed to wrap up the series in the fourth ODI in Ahmedabad, England fell 8 runs short chasing the 186 run target set by India which would have given them an insurmountable 3-1 lead in the series.
“In an ideal world we would have loved to have gone into the next game having won the series and it sounds weird saying it but we got a positive out of losing,” Stokes said. “We go into the next game with a huge amount of pressure on our shoulders as a team because whoever wins that game wins the series. It’s a final.”
“That’s great for us as a team, especially with a T20 World Cup coming up. The more pressure situations we are put into a team, the better we’ll be for it. We want to win and we want to make a habit of winning.” he added.
Stokes top-scored for the tourists with a quick-fire 46 off 23 balls but fell to Shardul Thakur who also dismissed captain Eoin Morgan off consecutive deliveries, Jofra Archer hit a couple of meaty blows to the boundary but with 23 off the last over proved a target too steep. Stokes believed that a tense series finale would be an ideal pressure situation before the T20 World Cup.
“One of us (him and Morgan) had to be there at the end. It’s always frustrating getting out and even more when you feel you’ve got the game in your hands,” he said. “Rather than going away and being too down on myself, you’ve got to go away, assess these things and learn from them. We’ve got the World Cup coming up and no doubt we’ll be put in a similar situation at some point in that tournament. These are all great learning experiences for us.”