PLAYER RATINGS: Extraordinary Ben Stokes hauls England over World Cup line

The Cricketer runs the rule over the individual performances of the two sets of players during the World Cup final between England and New Zealand...




Jason Roy (17): Desperately fortunate not to be given out to the first ball of England's innings. Frenetic thereafter, before falling to a good delivery from Matt Henry. 4

Jonny Bairstow (36): Battled hard when those around him were faltering. Fortunate to avoid chopping on twice before his luck ran out, dragging a delivery from Lockie Ferguson onto his leg-stump. 6

Joe Root (7): The sort of innings - and ending - to send a shudder through a dressing room. Magnificently contained by New Zealand's bowling, which led to a lack of patience, ending with a pair of rash strokes at Colin de Grandhomme, the second of which brought his demise. 3

Eoin Morgan (9): A tough working-over for England's skipper, whose game against the short ball was given the ultimate test of Lockie Ferguson. Slapped a short, wide delivery from Jimmy Neesham to Ferguson at deep cover. A sad end to an uncomfortable knock. Captained with his usual calm in the field. 4

Ben Stokes (84* & 0-20): A fabulous knock under the most immense pressure. Could he have gambled off the final delivery and looked to whack it out of the ground? Who knows but, in the end, who cares? A staggering effort in the circumstances. Simply amazing. Some bottle to return to the arena to face up to the Super Over. One of many who epitomises what Eoin Morgan's side is about. 9.5

Jos Buttler (59): A magnificent effort after coming in at 86 for four. He will feel that he should have seen his side home and he may well have done. However, with 46 needed off 32 deliveries, he sliced Lockie Ferguson to Tim Southee in the deep. Until then, he had been faultless. That wasn't his lot, however. He returned with Stokes for the Super Over, helping England to a very decent total. 8

Chris Woakes (2 & 3-37): For all the excitement around Jofra Archer's emergence, no England bowler has been as consistently impressive during this tournament as Chris Woakes. Superb at the top, wily at the end. His slower ball did for Colin de Grandhomme and Tom Latham, while his lengths with the new ball have been exemplary. 8

Liam Plunkett (10 & 3-42): England's unheralded star with the ball, as he so often is. Supreme through the middle overs once again here. As is often the case with the 34-year-old, his subsequent spells were better than his first. A gutsy effort with the bat. 8

Jofra Archer (0 & 1-42): Bowled nicely, if slightly short at the top of the innings. Much like his effort against Australia at Lord's in the group stage, few deliveries would have hit the stumps. Still immensely dangerous, as New Zealand's middle and lower order would discover to their detriment. When it came to the Super Over, he held his nerve. Just. What a bowler England have got themselves here. 8

Adil Rashid (0 & 0-39): The leg-spinner has improved as the tournament has gone on. Much like in the semi-final against Australia, he provided Eoin Morgan with considerable control. Kane Williamson briefly went for him but, for the most part, New Zealand were happy to nurdle him around. 6

Mark Wood (0 & 1-49): Slippery with the ball and bowled the fastest delivery of the entire competition at Henry Nicholls. Occasionally wayward, but signed off a solid World Cup with another good display. 6


England won their first men's World Cup title in the most extraordinary circumstances


Martin Guptill (19): Looked in far better nick than he has done for much of this tournament. Frenetic and aggressive, he seemed intent on hitting himself back into form. Upper-cut Archer for an early maximum, but undone by one that nipped back from Woakes. Not a great review. A devastating lunge for the line that would have won his country the World Cup. He was two feet short of glory. 4

Henry Nicholls (55): A tough start and initially given out without scoring, but battled hard for a valuable half century. Given his form so far in the tournament, this was a ballsy effort. Undone by the middle-over tricks of Liam Plunkett. 7.5

Kane Williamson (30): England bowled superbly at the New Zealand skipper. Only once in his ODI career had he scored fewer runs afer 30 balls than he had done here. He stuck at it - as his his remarkable way but, like Nicholls, was undone by Plunkett. Will be frustrated to be dismissed after a start. 7

Ross Taylor (15): Unfortunate to be given out when Mark Wood's delivery looked to be missing the stumps, but even more unfortunate than Guptill had used up  his review. 4 


Tom Latham (47): Looked to find his timing far more easily than others as the innings progressed and England varied their pace. Ultimately fell victim to Woakes as he looked to accelerate. Has only passed 15 twice in this tournament - both knocks have come against England. A far better player than his overall 2019 World Cup record suggests. 6.5

Jimmy Neesham (19 & 3-43): Appeared to be playing on a different pitch when he arrived at the crease, whacking a Mark Wood short ball through square leg. He will be frustrated by the mode of his dismissal. Bowled cleverly for his three wickets. Could have done no more in the Super Over. A stunning effort from a wholehearted cricketer. 7.5

Colin de Grandhomme (16 & 1-25): Seriously shaken by a Jofra Archer bouncer - but then, who wouldn't be? Wasn't the same batsman after being hit on the helmet and it was little surprise when he chipped to mid-off. With the ball, he was nigh-on unplayable. Found constant movement throughout and claimed the prize scalp of Joe Root. 8

Mitchell Santner (5* & 0-11): Hardly required with either bat or ball. Excellent in the field. 6

Matt Henry (4 & 1-40): A world-class spell with the new ball brought the solitary wicket of Jason Roy when, in reality, it warranted far more. A pleasure to witness. Like so many in this side, an unheralded star. 8.5

Trent Boult (1* & 0-67): A sterling effort up front and at the end. His new-ball spell was quite spectacular and how he ended wicketless, I will never know. Had he not stepped on the rope at deep mid-wicket, New Zealand may well have been home and dry. Missed his yorker in the Super Over as England squeezed 16 from their six balls. 6.5

Lockie Ferguson (3-50): The fast bowler was simply superb. Much like Archer, he showed the value of sheer, unadulterated pace. When it was quick, it was rapid. When he went to his slower ball on a surface that died as the game wore on, his variation did the trick. A cracking bowler, who has used this tournament to show what a well-rounded competitor he is. A super catch to dismiss Morgan. 8.5

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