Ben Stokes: 'England return was an wonderful feeling'

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England won the second ODI against New Zealand

Stokes posted 63 runs as England won the second one-day worldwide against by six wickets in Mount Maunganui, to level the series at 1-1.

After England finished on 225 for four in reply to New Zealand's 223 all out, captain Eoin Morgan was full of praise for his star all-rounder. Stokes and Jos Buttler remained unbeaten on 63 and 36 respectively to guide England to victory with 12.1 overs to spare.

BEN STOKES produced a superb all-round performance as England swept to a crushing victory over New Zealand.

New Zealand, seeking their 10th successive one-day global victory without injured captain Kane Williamson, did not help themselves with some terrible running between the wickets, not least when Colin de Grandhomme attempted a suicidal second and was beaten by Jonny Bairstow's throw.

Ben Stokes scored his 11th ODI fifty against New Zealand.

The all-rounder made his first appearance for his country in five months during Sunday's three-wicket defeat in the series opener in Hamilton. Mitchell Santner made his maiden half century with an unbeaten 63 off 52 balls and in-form opener Martin Guptill scored 50.

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"But four run-outs, a couple of good catches and the whole intensity we had out there was completely different to the first game". "But the early wickets that came had more to do with the New Zealand batsmen's shot selection than the bowlers" skills themselves.

However, the European Central Bank announced that the 26-year-old all-rounder would be available for the tour of New Zealand and he returned to action in the narrow defeat in the opening ODI. In comparison England found the boundary easily - 16 times in the same period - but they too lost early wickets.

Chasing 224, England lost Jason Roy and Joe Root early, but Jonny Bairstow (37) gave them a decent start.

Bairstow and Morgan added 39 runs to their team's score before Bairstow was sent packing by Ferguson for 37.

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"The batting feels in good order and the bowling will come with time".

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Colin Munro dismissed Morgan for 62. I was quite emotional walking off at the end.

"The day after the first game I was a little bit sore and to be honest I was really stiff coming back for my second spell".

"I did [feel nervous] before but when I walked out there it was the normal feeling I get, that was in the one place that I wanted to be, walking out and representing my country".

"It's all about building for the future". Hopefully now this is a stepping stone on the road to trying to keep on helping England win games. "They cost us, especially in a tight game".

"They were smashing the ball out of the park left, right and centre".

Stand-in New Zealand captain Tim Southee: "We scrapped through to something that we could bowl at".

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