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Stokes wants England to prove critics wrong by winning World T20

Stokes wants England to prove critics wrong by winning World T20
Stokes wants England to prove critics wrong by winning World T20
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England all-rounder Ben Stokes has urged his team to prove their critics wrong by winning their second ICC World Twenty20 title after having qualified for the semi-finals of the ongoing tournament.

England, who began the tournament with a defeat against West Indies, won their remaining games against South Africa, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka to make their way into the semi-finals.

The World T20 remains the only ICC trophy which England have won, with their victory coming under the leadership of Paul Collingwood in the 2010 edition of the tournament.

Adding that it will mean a lot for the current England side to win the World T20, Stokes said that not many people rated his team as the favorites of the tournament at the start.

“Quite a lot! It would be nice to win another trophy.

“Obviously, we’ve only won the one ICC event.

“Colly (assistant coach Paul Collingwood) did say at the start of the tournament when we were beaten by the West Indies that getting beaten by them was a good omen because it happened to him.

“If we can keep following like that and eventually be the winners, that would be amazing.

“I think we’re one of the least experience teams out here.

“We weren’t one of the favourites going in.

“It would be proving a lot of people wrong.”

Despite qualifying for the semi-finals, England’s performance in the tournament has been a bit of a roller coaster ride, including their nervous batting collapse against Afghanistan.

After having chased down a massive target of 230 runs against South Africa, England were reduced to 85 for seven against Afghanistan but the lower order rallied around Moeen Ali to post 142 runs on the board.

Stokes feels that in T20 cricket, teams need to have a sense of humour as the results are quite unpredictable given the nature of the shortest format of the game.

“Twenty20 is generally the fun side of cricket.

“You’ve also got to have a sense of humour.

“Some days you can turn up and get whacked.

“Next game, turn up, bowl the same and not go for many runs.

“Got to take it as it comes.

“It’s been enjoyable, and obviously it’s a massive help when you are winning and you get through to the semi-final.”

England’s semi-final will be against the runners up of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, New Zealand and the game will be played on 30th March in Delhi.

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