ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Jofra Archer says words of wisdom from Ben Stokes, Joe Root helped him bowl Super Over

Jofra Archer, bowling the Super Over, conceded 15 runs, leaving the scores tied which meant that England won on the count of more boundaries scored

Reuters, Jul 15, 2019 14:09:24 IST

Reassuring words by England all-rounder Ben Stokes helped Jofra Archer overcome nerves before the Super Over that won the hosts their maiden cricket World Cup crown in an extraordinary final against New Zealand on Sunday, the fast bowler said.

England had set New Zealand a target of 16 runs in the Super Over after both teams were tied on 241 after 50 overs, and Archer conceded only 15 to deliver the title for the hosts on boundary count.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Jofra Archer says words of wisdom from Ben Stokes, Joe Root helped him bowl Super Over

England's Jofra Archer celebrates taking the wicket of New Zealand's Matt Henry. Reuters

The trophy had briefly appeared to slip from England’s grasp when the 24-year-old started the Super Over with a wide before Jimmy Neesham struck him for a six to leave the Black Caps needing seven runs from four balls.

"I think it was going fine until the six...Stokes told me before the over 'win or lose, today doesn’t define you. Everyone believes in you'," Barbados-born Archer, who made his England debut in May, told reporters.

Stokes is no stranger to heartbreak in a high-pressure game, having conceded four successive sixes in the T20 World Cup final loss to the West Indies in Kolkata three years ago. "He came to talk to me because of that. He probably went through the same emotions, the same feelings but being on the losing side," Archer added.

"If we had lost today, I don’t know what I would have done tomorrow. To back up what he said if we did lose there’s a T20 (World Cup) next year and I’d have another chance. (Joe) Root came up to me and said some inspirational words as well. I knew if we did lose, it wasn’t the end of the world. I’m glad the guys look up to me and trust me to do it."

British media hailed Eoin Morgan’s men for ending a 44-year wait for a 50-overs World Cup title in a nail-biting final.

"England do not win World Cups very often but when they do, blimey, they make the nation suffer for its glory," wrote Matt Dickinson in the Times. "After extra-time for Bobby Moore and England’s footballers in 1966, and again for Martin Johnson and his rugby union heroes in 2003, a Super Over at Lord’s made this the most beautifully spectacular way for Morgan’s side to make history."

Barney Ronay wrote in The Guardian: "A World Cup win is a vindication on many levels. For the players, whose names will now live in English cricket lore as the nation’s first ever 50-over champions, it’s a triumph of skill, hard work and modernising brio."

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Updated Date: Jul 15, 2019 14:09:24 IST

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 6939 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
6 New Zealand 4056 254