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World Cup hero Stokes turns attention to Ashes glory

Ben Stokes has announced his anticipation for the Ashes soon after helping England to an unforgettable World Cup triumph on Sunday at Lord's.

Stokes starred with the bat as his gritty 84 not out proved to be crucial in allowing England to tie scores with New Zealand at the end of both innings, taking the game into a dramatic Super Over shootout.

Intriguingly, another tie in the Super Over meant England registered their maiden World Cup win courtesy a superior boundary count.

The battle-weary Stokes has since been busy with all the euphoric celebrations as he took part in England's victory parade at the Oval interacting with a horde of young fans cheering for the world champions.

"I've woken up in better conditions, but it's an incredible feeling," Stokes told AFP.

"We would have been devastated if we hadn't managed to lift that trophy but looking back over that game I think it will go down in the history books as the best ever, with all the drama of a World Cup final.

"It's an amazing thing to be part of."

England's jam-packed summer of cricket action will now see them compete against arch-rivals Australia to decide which team keeps the prized urn this time.

The hosts will first face off against newcomers Ireland in a solitary Test match at Lord's next week before clashing against Tim Paine's Australia, who have not won an away Ashes series in the last 18 years.

Stokes declared his intentions to play a key role in England's quest of regaining the urn after having been blown away by a humiliating 4-0 margin in the previous Ashes series.

"We may be world champions but also want to be Ashes winners as well," said Stokes, who adjudged player of the match in the final.

"Everyone here deserves to feel like a champion because we've just won it but when it comes to the Ashes it's going to be heads on again because it has to be.

"Whether you're winning or losing games, you've just got to wipe the slate clean."

'2016 World T20 final is all gone and forgotten'

Perhaps the lowest point in Stokes' on-field career came during the 2016 World Twenty20 final in Kolkata when he was struck for four consecutive sixes in the last over by Carlos Brathwaite as England slumped to a heartbreaking defeat.

Stokes was then involved in a late-night altercation outside a bar in Bristol for which he was dropped from the England squad for the 2017/18 Ashes series in Australia.

Reflecting on the low moments from his past, Stokes claimed to have moved on.

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"That's all gone and forgotten. It's about now and what goes on in the future. I'm just going to enjoy this moment.

"In sport, and cricket in particular, you ebb and flow with your emotions, but we're going to enjoy the next two days because we deserve it. I've got this medal around my neck so it's all good."

Stokes also narrated the emotions that accompanied his thoughts during the last over of the World Cup final, clarifying his cautious strategy to maneuver the high full-toss from Trent Boult for a double in order to safely guide England over the line.

"Needing two runs off one ball, all I was thinking was 'just don't hit it in the air and get caught'. It was just 'don't try to be a hero and do it with a six'," he reasoned.

"I wish it had gone for two because I wasn't best pleased with myself walking off and back to the changing rooms for that 10-minute turnaround.

"I actually had to go and have five minutes to myself in the shower area of the changing room. I was pretty annoyed, angry. I had to get my head switched back on because I knew there was a job out there to do.

"I was full of adrenaline so I needed to make sure my head was in the right place."