Ben Stokes becomes England’s highest individual ODI scorer with 182 in match against New Zealand
Ben Stokes hit 182 runs against New Zealand in the 3rd ODI on Thursday. This made him the player with the most runs in England's ODI history.
This was also his first century, and his fourth since he went back to ODI cricket for the 2023 World Cup. To get to his hundred, it took him 76 balls, and to get to 182, it took him 124 balls, with 15 fours and 9 sixes.
Stokes's last ODI hundred came in the Champions Trophy in 2017 against Australia. Stokes stopped playing ODIs in July of last year, just two months after becoming England's test captain.
He was named Player of the Match at the 2019 World Cup final, which was held in his home country. He scored 84 runs without getting out, which helped England beat New Zealand in an exciting extra over.
In the third match of their one-day international series, which is tied 1-1, New Zealand won the toss and chose to bowl first against England at The Oval on Wednesday.
Jason Roy didn't play for England again because he had another back pain a few hours before the game. The same problem kept him from playing in the first two games, and he may not be able to play in the Cricket World Cup, which starts in three weeks.
Harry Brook, who wants to replace Roy or another batter in the World Cup team, was kicked off the team so that Dawid Malan, who missed the second ODI because his wife had a baby on Saturday, could come back. Chris Woakes came in for David Willey, who was also a sailor.
Mitchell Santner, a spinner, didn't play in the second ODI because he hurt his knee while catching. England won that game by 79 runs to tie the four-game series, which ends on Friday at Lord's.
Tim Southee and Matt Henry, who were pace bowlers, were given a break, so Kyle Jamieson, Lockie Ferguson, and Ben Lister came into a bowling attack that had changed a lot. Finn Allen, who was good at T20, was replaced by Henry Nicholls, which let Will Young bat first.