Ben Stokes : Why Ben Stokes apologised to Jason Roy after breaking his record 182 

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Ben Stokes : Ben Stokes apologised to Jason Roy after scoring 182 against New Zealand. The all-round Englishman explained why. 

Fresh from his team’s record 182-run tie in the third ODI against New Zealand, England batsman Ben Stokes jokingly apologised to teammate Jason Roy for surpassing his England team’s highest individual score. Stokes surpassed Jason Roy’s 180  against Australia in Melbourne in 2018 to give England  a mammoth 368 against the Kiwis in the third ODI of the four-match series at The Oval on Wednesday. Ben Stokes’ record knock combined with solid performances from the bowlers led England to a 181-run win over New Zealand.  

“Really pleased. Apologies to Jason (Jason Roy – for breaking England’s record for highest individual score). We talked about pressure from New Zealand  and after a good start and  we wanted to be positive after losing their early runs. When we got there we didn’t want them (the bowlers) to settle in. As experienced players, we have to guide the younger players. 

He (Malan) is a very consistent player, he is a very quality player, he also spins the shot very well  and he missed  the milestone after spraining his leg. I feel a lot better (fit), the Tests are a bit longer but the ODIs  are definitely not as demanding,” Stokes said  in the post-match presentation. 

Coming into the game, the Kiwis had put England in batting position and were struggling at 13/2 when Stokes got out. He had a 199-run third-wicket partnership  with Dawid Malan (96-ball 95, 12 fours and a six) and a 78-run stand for the fourth wicket with skipper Jos Buttler (38-ball 24, six fours and a six). ). ), which took England to 368 in 48 overs in the innings. 

Trent Boult (5/51) and Ben Lister (3/69) were the pick of the Kiwi bowlers. 

Chasing 339, the  Kiwis were rocked by the quick trio of Chris Woakes, Reece Topley and Sam Curran to reach 70/5. Glenn Phillips (76 from 72 balls,  five fours and two sixes) and Rachin Ravindra (22 from 28 balls, five fours) tried to fight back but NZ were bowled out for 187 in just 39 overs. 

Woakes (3/31) and Livingstone (3/16) were the pick of the NZ bowlers. Topley took two, Curran and Moeen Ali  one each.  

Stokes took home the Man of the Match award. England lead the series  with a 2-1 win after the match.

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