London - England all-rounder Ben Stokes has
insisted he is willing to bowl at the 'death' again despite being struck for
four sixes in the last over of the World Twenty20 final defeat by the West
With the West Indies needing 19 off the
final six balls of last Sunday's tournament climax in Kolkata, England were
strong favourites for victory.
But powerful batsman Carlos Brathwaite made
a mockery of the match position by sending four successive Stokes deliveries
soaring into the stands, a total of 24 runs, as West Indies won with two balls
It was a chastening experience for Stokes
and one which the Durham fast-medium bowler said had left him feeling
Nevertheless, asked if he would bowl at the
'death' again in a major match, Stokes told Friday's Daily Telegraph: "A
hundred percent. Definitely. It is something I work at a lot. Some days they go
well. Some days they don't. That was a bad day but I won't be shying away from
Nor did he hide from the emotions he felt
at the end of an extraordinary see-saw match.
"I thought, 'I've just lost the World
Cup'. I couldn't believe it," he said. "I didn't know what to do. It
took me so long to get back on my feet. I didn't want to get back up.
"It was like the whole world had come
down on me. There weren't any good things going through my mind. It was just
Stokes though made it clear he was
determined to emerge stronger from a painful experience.
"Setbacks make you want to be better
again," he said. "This will be in my mind for quite a long time and I
will reflect on it for a long time," the 24-year-old added.
"It will be a little bit of motivation
to make sure this does not ever happen again. So train 10 minutes longer every
now and again to get better."
Meanwhile Stokes also paid tribute to
Brathwaite's remarkable ball-striking, insisting he had no regrets about his
decision to bowl yorkers despite being way off target with his first ball of
the last over, which went down the legside.
"It was amazing hitting. I just did
not execute what I wanted to do," he said.
"I have wondered if it would have been
different if I had gone four slower balls into the deck, but they could have
been hit for four sixes and then I would have thought why didn't I go for four
"I know that I can run up and hit my
yorkers nine out of 10 times so I am not going to look back and wish I had