Stokes grateful for Colly praise

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Published: Tuesday 3rd February 2015 by The News Editor

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Ben Stokes has promised Paul Collingwood a pint after the Durham skipper said the young all-rounder could have spurred England to World Cup glory.

However Stokes insists the selectors had every reason to ditch him from their plans for the approaching tournament after his dismal display in the recent series against Sri Lanka.

Stokes played three matches, scored 22 runs in two innings, and with the ball he conceded 85 runs from eight overs without taking a wicket.

He still has an eager supporter in county team-mate Collingwood, who skippered England to the World Twenty20 title in 2010.

Collingwood said of Stokes on Monday: “You’ve got a guy here who – if he came good in the World Cup – he could’ve won you the World Cup, he could have won three or four games.”

He also urged England to consider Stokes a middle order batsman, rather than deploy him at number eight, as was the case in Sri Lanka.

“I’ll have to buy him a couple of beers after hearing that,” Stokes said, on listening to Collingwood’s praise.

“It’s nice getting compliments and not only is he my Durham captain but a guy who’s been at the top of the run-scoring for quite a long time until Belly (Ian Bell) passed him.”

Collingwood was a key middle-order cog in England’s one-day team for many years, often propping up an innings with a defiant knock, plundering 5,092 runs, which until Bell went ahead of him in January was a record haul.

Stokes is a long way from matching Collingwood, and has a frustrating average of 15.66 from 19 innings.

“Obviously being left out of the World Cup was devastating and disappointing but I’ve no blame for it but myself,” Stokes told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“I didn’t do myself any justice in Sri Lanka, the opportunities that I got.”

Stokes gave the national selectors a stunning reminder of his talents with a brutal century and three wickets as England Lions beat South Africa A by 89 runs on Monday to wrap up the one-day series.

He clubbed 15 sixes and seven fours as he scored an unbeaten 151 off just 86 deliveries at the Mamelodi Oval in Pretoria.

“I’m not proving a point – I’ve just come here to try to make my game better and try to get back into the England team,” Stokes said.

“I’ve always been a batter who bowls. The opportunity may never come for me to be able to bat in the top six for England. I’m not going to be too devastated if it doesn’t.

“It’s just nice to get an opportunity. Hopefully one day I will get the chance to do it. I’ll keep doing my thing and not look too far ahead.”

Published: Tuesday 3rd February 2015 by The News Editor

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