Ben Stokes confident that England can be number one in ODI cricket after Bangladesh win

Reuters, Oct, 13 2016
Ben Stokes confident that England can be number one in ODI cricket after Bangladesh win

England will climb to the top of the one-day international (ODI) cricket world rankings if they can maintain their fine form in the format, all-rounder Ben Stokes said after the side completed a series victory in Bangladesh.

Stokes played a key role with an unbeaten 47 as England won the deciding third match against the hosts in Chittagong on Wednesday to wrap up a third successive one-day series triumph, having beaten Sri Lanka and Pakistan at home earlier this year.

England's Ben Stokes in action against Bangladesh in the third ODI. Getty Images

England are currently fifth in the ODI rankings, behind Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and India.

"It's really exciting. If we carry on like this we'll achieve our target of being world number one," Stokes, who was named the man of the series, told Sky Sports.

England's loss to Bangladesh in Adelaide, which knocked them out of the 2015 ODI World Cup, spurred a string of changes to the national team set-up and Stokes felt the squad are starting to yield the dividends of the strategy.

"The team we have had together for the last 18 months have been playing unbelievable cricket," the 25-year-old added.

With skipper Eoin Morgan sitting out the Bangladesh series over security concerns, wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler was tasked with leading a young and inexperienced squad against a side that had won their six previous home ODI series.

"Me and Jos work quite well. We're quite aggressive in how we want to play our cricket, not just with the bat and the ball, but with field placings," Stokes, who was vice-captain for the series, said.

Morgan and influential opening batsman Alex Hales are expected to return to the squad when England travel to India for their next three-match ODI series in January.

Published Date: Oct 13, 2016 | Updated Date: Oct 13, 2016


Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3925 123
2 South Africa 3050 117
3 Australia 3087 100
4 England 3362 99
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115