England won the World Cup on Sunday for the first time in their history after a dramatic victory over New Zealand. "It's a part of the game that we play". All in all it was a real shame that the tournament was decided in the way it was after two teams went at it. "I certainly wasn't thinking about it while I was trying to win the game", Stokes said.
"After what I've been through, it does make these moments feel all the sweeter because you are going to have ups and downs, but it is how you cope with it that matters".
New Zealand especially showed how to defend small totals with their disciplined bowling complemented by sharp fielding. Nor has the cricketing world witnessed an encounter so close that even a super over was insufficient to divide the teams.
"At the moment, however, with some players arriving back at different times, some not arriving back at all, and others having alternative playing commitments, it's just not practical", they said. He felt New Zealand could do nothing but accept their fate.
New Zealand might have ended runners-up for the second successive edition of the World Cup, but skipper Kane Williamson believes that the players have done a brilliant job and they should now be let free to do whatever they like.
A wet World Cup seemed on the cards after a record four matches were either abandoned or called off with the governing International Cricket Council (ICC) drawing flak for no reserve day provision for the group games.
"You can't necessarily blame the two on field umpires".
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Inside Number 10, she said: "The final was not just cricket at its best but sport at its best - courage, character, sportsmanship, drama, incredible skill and even the odd slice of luck".
Both Stead and McMillan were confident the ICC would review whether the Super Over was indeed the best way to deal with the scenario like a tie in a World Cup final.
"But if you're concerned about the good of the game - then I think the good of that game would have been a shared title".
New Zealand Cricket said they were in discussions with the government about when that would take place. "That is one", he said of the idea of having several Super Overs, again and again, until there's a victor. In 2010, for instance, John Isner and Nicolas Mahut played for more than 11 hours before Isner finally won 70-68 in the fifth set.
"I think the rest of the boys try and run through a brick wall for him and the effort that Ben Stokes put in yesterday was just an example of that". And they only went and coped with it in the most freakish circumstances that one could ever hope to conceive.
Former global umpire Simon Taufel, who is now a part of the MCC's laws sub-committee that makes the rules governing cricket, has pointed out that Kumar Dharmasena made an "error of judgement" in applying the rule.