Stokes dismisses talk of redemption after World Cup victory
Ben Stokes refused to accept his heroics in England's World Cup final triumph had "redeemed" him but admitted past memories of his off-field court battle sparked an emotional response from him after his side's win at Lord's on Sunday.
Stokes faced charges of affray for having been involved in a street brawl outside a bar in Bristol in 2017 - an accusation he was found not guilty of.
The left-handed middle order batsman was, however, banned and fined by his country's cricket board for disgracing the game as a result of that incident.
Stokes, who was then excluded from England's squad for the Ashes series down under, now played the key role in handing England their first ever World Cup win.
Stokes established his supreme batting credentials by calmly heralding England's steep run chase in the final few overs of the tournament final and later came out to make another valuable contribution in the Super Over shootout against New Zealand.
"I won't look back and say I redeemed myself or anything like that - I'm an athlete and a cricketer and it's what we are paid to do, to win trophies," Stokes claimed on ITV's Good Morning Britain.
"It was coming back from all of that, it was tough. Getting back into cricket obviously massively helped straight after that.
"It was a stressful time for me, my wife, my family back home. I had amazing people around me, my team-mates, friends, family. They have to take a lot of credit for helping me to get through that."
'I got emotional after the World Cup triumph'
Stokes was visibly stirred by the overwhelming emotions that accompanied his side's unforgettable win as he rubbed tears of joy on the Lord's pitch remembering his rough past.
"I got emotional there, at the end, and that was probably a culmination of lots of things, happiness that we won it and subconsciously thinking and remembering back to what I went through," he added.
Amidst the passionate celebrations underway following England's famous win, Stokes insisted his side's summer of cricket action was only half-done as the hosts set sights on winning the Ashes against traditional rivals Australia in August.
"We've achieved half of what we wanted to do, which is winning the World Cup," Stokes said.
"Everyone who is involved in the Test team as well as the one-day team has sort of had to get their heads around the fact that we have an Ashes series coming up and we still have a serious amount of work to do."