Australia v Bangladesh, Champions Trophy, Group A June 10, 2017

'Every team would want Stokes' - Morgan


Every team in the world would want Ben Stokes in their side, according to England captain, Eoin Morgan

Stokes made an unbeaten 102 against Australia at Edgbaston - his third century in 13 ODIs - as England secured a third successive victory in the ICC Champions Trophy. He added 159 in 26 overs with Morgan to rescue England from 35 for 3 to clinch a 40-run DLS victory.

It left Morgan praising an allrounder who has the talent - with bat, ball or in the field - and the attitude to help England win games. And he credited his experience in the IPL for contributing to the calm manner in which he helped England chase down their target at Edgbaston.

"The IPL auction proved that every team would want him," Morgan said, referring to Stokes' £1.7m price tag before the recent IPL season. "He's always looking to influence the game: with the bat, ball, or even in the field.

"Even in the field today at mid-on, he saved a lot of runs. He went through a period today of about five overs where he was unbelievable. He always wants to be in the game.

"That attitude in itself… You know, a lot of guys with potential like that, when things aren't going your way, go back into a corner. But that's not Ben."

While it was Stokes' batting that stood out, Morgan also praised Stokes' versatility and willingness with the ball. And he credited his growing experience, not least during that spell with Rising Pune Supergiant, as a crucial ingredient.

"I think he bowled four overs in his first spell," Morgan said. "And then we went back to him at the end with two of the hardest overs to bowl.

"You know, that sums him up. He took it on his shoulders. He did it at the IPL. He did it really well.

"And then his batting was exceptional. He was very calm at the crease; very relaxed. All those games he's played really came to the fore today. He was outstanding. His potential is through the roof."

Stokes and Morgan reacted to the loss of three early wickets in typically positive fashion. Despite going into a rain-break at 35 for 3, Morgan hit the first two balls after the resumption for four, precipitating a partnership in which both batsmen took the attack to Australia and eventually forced errors both from the bowlers and the fielders.

"It was important to get some sort of a partnership going and find a way we were going to negate Australia's bowling," Morgan said. "They bowled really well up front. They asked a lot of questions and got the ball moving. They're a very threatening side.

"But it managed to work. We did it in our own way. We felt, I suppose, the positive way was the best way. And we spoke about how we were going to go about it a little bit differently. The way in which we played forced a few errors here and there."

But pleased though Morgan was by the result, he rejected any idea that England were on the brink of "a period of domination" in ODI cricket.

"I think you're getting way ahead of yourself," Morgan replied. "A start would be winning the semi-final.

"Beating a side like Australia in a game where we've nothing to gain is a big step forward for us because we beat one of the better sides around the world. And if we're being serious about competing in future tournaments, we need to win games of cricket like this."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Muzammil Khan on June 17, 2017, 13:56 GMT

    Every team wants him to To waste 64 deliveries? Or to get 4 sixs on 4 balls in final over? Big players dont panic on big occasions

  • fairfan70 on June 11, 2017, 16:32 GMT

    Stokes is the best allrounder in the world right now... more of a batting allrounder. If he improves his bowling, England is going to WIN a lot of games! They of course need to continue looking for good spinners, as they already have a decent pace attack and a very strong batting line up.

  • Mileend Nadekar on June 11, 2017, 16:26 GMT

    Every opposition team wants brathwaite

  • Mileend Nadekar on June 11, 2017, 16:25 GMT

    no we dont want a person to bowl last over cannot defend 24 runs

  • NazmulBablu on June 11, 2017, 15:40 GMT

    England have a great chance to win this ICC 'Champions Trophy' as they have Ben Stokes (the Super Hero),Morgan(Silient Killer),Butler,Rashid&Woakes and so on...

  • templar51 on June 11, 2017, 15:25 GMT

    To all those out there jibing about the England team having Kiwis/Irish/S.Africans , these players are qualified on the basis of residence under ICC rules. It is not unknown for some of the other teams - Aus. & NZ have players from SA and India/Pak. and SA have Ind. - in their international teams.! With the Asian teams it is not apparent if they do or do not use players from other (Asian) countries due to the similarity of names.

    What is more concerning as an Eng. supporter is that English counties give free rein to players from all over the world to play in their domestic tournaments and reducing opportunities for English-born players. A pity that other countries are not welcoming to English players thus giving them opportunity to play in different conditions.

  •   786.A.R. on June 11, 2017, 15:05 GMT

    everything is not a gold.

  • cricfan13024606 on June 11, 2017, 14:50 GMT

    I agree that stokes is a dangerous player when he gets his eye in, every team might well want him. Every team would also want Jonny Bairstow (except perhaps England)

  • CapitalMarkets on June 11, 2017, 14:33 GMT

    When you see the way Eoin Morgan conducts himself both on and off the field, it's hard not to impressed by the man. He's real, modest, perceptive and sincere as a communicator, completely at ease with his position as an adopted Englishman. Whilst this Englishman wishes Ireland well in their long struggle for Test status, I recognise that England have benefited immensely from Morgan's decision to play for them and from the tone he has set in their camp. It's a slightly strange situation akin to the way Mrs May retains office courtesy of a 20% swing to the Tories in the East of Scotland.

    Morgan's smart enough to realise that's its only a game whilst completely committed to raising its standards and keeping England competitive. He's always courteous, always positive, always encouraging ... and men like Ben Stokes owe him a great deal for his knowledge, cool head and the joy he brings to the game. Watching him and Stoksey turn round a not very promising situation was a privilege.

  • Gowers_Great_Tiger_Moth_Flyby on June 11, 2017, 14:26 GMT

    Nah, surely the current best is one of Australia's Henriques, Stoinis or Mitchel Marsh? Quality all rounders. Lol. Then again, apparently England thumping Australia is an ICC conspiracy. Lmao. If Aus is the envy of the world, why are their fans so bitter? Surely its all permanent smiles living in the land of Rolph Harris, imitation French wine and Carlton lager. Perhaps they're still struggling with their heritage?

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