Stokes fans Under-19 flames
Victory over reigning champions India in the final Under-19 World Cup group match has sent confidence soaring in the England camp, with Ben Stokes insisting they are more than capable of winning the tournament.
The Durham all-rounder hit an 88-ball 100 as England beat India by 31 runs to secure top spot in Group A.
The win sets up a quarter-final with West Indies tomorrow in Rangiora and has boosted belief within the squad.
Fresh from his match-defining century, Stokes reiterated his belief that England can go far in the tournament as long as they maintain their focus.
“If we all nail our skills there is no doubt that we can win this competition,” Stokes told ecb.co.uk. “We need to go into every game believing we are going to win, but we can’t look too far ahead.
“We are all county players and we are all good at what we do. We are all athletic in the field and I think if we all nail our skills correctly we can beat any team in the competition.
“The form that we go into the game with is good and the team morale is very high at the moment. It was a big win against India and the team is really up for it.”
Stokes admitted that the England players currently knew little about their next opponents, but he insisted they would be doing their homework to be ready for tomorrow's clash.
He added: “We haven't seen them play we haven't seen any of their results but Steve Seligmann will be getting some of their stuff on camera, so it will be good to get a look at some of their bowlers and batsmen.”