Stokes determined to become England’s go-to death bowler

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“I want to bowl at the end”

England all-rounder Ben Stokes has expressed his desire to become captain Alastair Cook’s go-to bowler towards the end of matches following his outstanding performance against Australia during the fourth ODI in Perth.

Stokes scored 70 runs and took four wickets in England’s 57-run win on Friday.

“It is very special to finally come of the pitch a winner on this trip,” Stokes said. “It’s been pretty tough. The feeling in the dressing room after was really good. It does taste a lot better when you win.

“I think he knows that I want to that. We chatted about it and I said: ‘Yeah, I want to bowl at the end’.

“I’ve done that role for Durham in the one-day stuff over the last few years. It’s not like I’m not used to it.

“This time I’ve got wickets, last time I did that it didn’t go so well. It can go one way or the other.

“It didn’t go well the last time I got the ball chucked to me. I really wanted to change the way that went and made sure we got over the line.”

Stokes was also cautioned by umpire Kumar Dharmasena during the match following his controversial celebration after dismissing Australian all-rounder James Faulkner.

“It was nothing worse than I’ve been getting all one-day series,” Stokes said. “I’m always competitive and I’m always up for the fight. I always want to be involved in (the key moments). I want to try and influence the result for whatever team I’m playing for.

“I don’t think I’ve nailed my position yet. Going forward I’ve just got to put some consistent efforts in and make sure I keep my place in the team.

“I’ve got that opportunity and I hope I get a few more down the line. I’ve just got to keep trying to put in good performances.”

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