English Players Celebrate Victory

New Zealand was 241/8 at the end of 50 overs, England was 241 for all out at the end of the 100th over. The match then went on to Super Over where again both teams made 15 runs each. The first final of World Cup to go to a super over after a tie and then ending on another tie at the end of it. England then stood victorious owing to their bigger number of boundaries 26 in contrast to New Zealand’s 17.

A stoked Ben Stokes, a joyous Jos Butler and rooting for England all the way through, Joe Root shared their feelings with a leading cricketing site at the end of ICC World Cup 2019.

Ben Stokes

“I’m pretty lost for words. All the hard work over the four years, to be champions is an amazing feeling. This is what we aspire to be. To do it in such a good game, don’t think there’ll be a better game in history than this. Playing against New Zealand is a great event to be part of. They’re great lads. I think I’ll be apologizing to them for the rest of my life [for that overthrow for four off his bat in the last over]. There’s no chance I wasn’t going to be there ’til the end. You live for these moments. It’s absolutely fantastic, without the lads in both the one-day and Test team, and my family – the support has been incredible.”

Jos Butler

“It’s unbelievable! I thought I’d seen everything in cricket. The game was ridiculous, amazing occasion. Very hard to put words to it at the moment. What an unbelievable day. We wanted to take it deep, knew the run rate won’t be an issue if we batted ’til the end. We wanted to put a partnership together and tried to put the pressure back on New Zealand. Unbelievable.”

Joe Root

“Unbelievable! Wow! Hard to sum it up. What a tournament. The lads have done everything asked of them. We’ve come through difficult periods in the group stages, performed when the pressure was on. Feel for Ben. He’s been through a tough time, his family has been through a lot, and now to see him here; can’t be more pleased for him.”

Jofra Archer

“I’m pretty sure I was going to bowl it [Super Over]. So I just had a double check. Heart’s still racing. It’s the biggest thing. It’s one of the only tournaments I’ve ever won in my life. The boys started so well. It’d be really disappointing if we didn’t win. Specially this man Stokes calming me down before I bowled; it’s the best family.”

Liam Plunkett

“It hasn’t sunk in yet. What a great finish! Great game. Hats off to the Kiwi boys. We’re over the moon. I knew we still had batters when I got out. I just felt like it was going to happen for us.”

Jonny Bairstow

“Elated! Massive commiserations to New Zealand. One helluva game, edged one way and then another. What a helluva tournament. The way the guys came out in the Super Over, huge! Ben Stokes’ performance was amazing. They bowled pretty well, they put us under heckuva lot of pressure. The ball was doing something. The way Jos [Buttler] and Stokes put together that partnership, it won us the game at the end of the day. What a special moment, what an atmosphere.”


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