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Ben Stokes sets an England ODI record with 182 points against New Zealand at The Oval.

The Test captain surpassed Jason Roy’s previous best of 180 against Australia in Melbourne in 2018.

Stokes has just recently returned from a one-day retirement to play in this series as well as the World Cup in India in October and November.

In his third match back, he batted brilliantly, helping England to 368 all out and putting them on track to take a 2-1 series lead.

Stokes arrived with England behind 13-2 and smashed nine sixes and 15 fours in 124 balls.

The third-wicket combo amassed 199, an England record for any wicket in an ODI against New Zealand, with Dawid Malan making 96.

Stokes failed to score on any of his first six deliveries and had only 12 off his first 18. He struggled with fluency and several uncontrolled hacks.

However, as his innings progressed on a magnificent batting pitch, Stokes scored primarily through the leg side to reach his fourth ODI and first since 2017.

He reached 150 with a stunning shot over cow corner from Glenn Phillips’ off-spin and escaped a review for lbw on 160 after attempting to reverse-hit the same bowler.

With his final maximum, the left-hander broke the record, hitting a full toss from the left-arm pace of Ben Lister over long-on.

Stokes had more than five overs left in the innings to become the first England hitter to reach 200 in an ODI.

However, two balls after breaking Roy’s record, he miscued another Lister full toss and was caught by Will Young at deep square leg.

Stokes was greeted with a standing ovation from a crowd who had no idea Stokes had broken the mark until it was announced on the big screen inside The Oval.


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