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Ben Stokes desperate to get England's World Cup campaign underway
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Ben Stokes desperate to get England's World Cup campaign underway

Ben Stokes is desperate to get England's World Cup campaign underway after his unbeaten 71 guided the team to a series-clinching win over Pakistan at Trent Bridge.

Stokes held his nerve following England's collapse in the middle overs, eventually chasing down a target of 341 in the last over.

But for Stokes, this may be the least of England's achievements in a home season.

"We were talking about this, I think it might have been last night, how lucky we are as players to be involved in a home World Cup and home Ashes in the same summer, it's very exciting to think about," said the 27-year-old. "I just want it to start.

"We wanted to make sure our focus was on this series and not be thinking about the World Cup and we've done a great job so far.

"We'd love to take the (Pakistan) series 4-0 but, whatever happens, it is a clean slate after Headingley and we need to concentrate on the World Cup."

Stokes' innings showed England could get out of a tight spot when their 'Plan A' of blistering run-scoring by their specialist batsmen was not enough.

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"It's always nice to get some time out in the middle and it's good to take some positives forward with the World Cup just around the corner," said Stokes.

"As everyone knows, we generally seem to have a stinker somewhere in a series," the Durham star added.

"This could have been that game for us but the confidence we'll take from losing four quick wickets then still finishing off the game will stand us in great stead.

"The most confidence I'll take from that was being there at the end. The one thing I wanted to do and not throw it away when we got to that winning position."

Stokes insisted his recent elbow trouble was simply the result of an unusually busy stint in the field during the second ODI in Southampton.

"It's nothing, just from too much throwing. I've had it before," he said.