Ben Stokes aiming to become England's regular match winner
Ben Stokes hopes to become a match-winner for England on a regular basis after starring in the victory at Perth.
Last Updated: 25/01/14 10:28am
The all-rounder hit a confident 70 and then claimed figures of 4-38 as England won the fourth one-day international by 57 runs to end a run of nine straight defeats.
"It is very special to finally come of the pitch a winner on this trip," said Stokes after being named man of the match at the WACA.
"It's been pretty tough. The feeling in the dressing room after was really good. It does taste a lot better when you win."
His performance was a superb comeback from the dramatic defeat in the second one-day international in Brisbane, when he conceded five sixes in the final 10 overs as James Faulkner propelled Australia to a one-wicket win.
But the 22-year-old was unfazed by the experience, and he revealed he had asked captain Alastair Cook to bowl him again at the death in Perth.
"I think he knows that I want to that," he added. "We chatted about it and I said: 'Yeah, I want to bowl at the end'.
"I've done that role for Durham in the one-day stuff over the last few years. It's not like I'm not used to it.
"This time I've got wickets, last time I did that it didn't go so well. It can go one way or the other.
"It didn't go well the last time I got the ball chucked to me. I really wanted to change the way that went and made sure we got over the line."
Stokes earned a rebuke from umpire Kumar Dharmasena for giving Faulkner a send-off after dismissing the Aussie at the WACA, but he added: "It was nothing worse than I've been getting all one-day series.
"I'm always competitive and I'm always up for the fight. I always want to be involved in (the key moments). I want to try and influence the result for whatever team I'm playing for.
"I don't think I've nailed my position yet. Going forward I've just got to put some consistent efforts in and make sure I keep my place in the team.
"I've got that opportunity and I hope I get a few more down the line. I've just got to keep trying to put in good performances."