Ben Stokes enjoys his very own Jordan Pickford moment as England cricket team give penalties a go in training ahead of World Cup semi-final
- Ben Stokes is handy with the ball and bat… but he is also a natural goalkeeper
- Stokes pulled off a string of saves as England had a go at a penalty shootout
- The England cricket team practised their penalties during their training session
- Stokes and Joe Root both shined as their team won the shootout on Wednesday
- They had a net session after as they prepare for first of three ODI’s against India
Ben Stokes basked in the glory of a penalty shootout triumph after pulling off his very own Jordan-Pickford moment in England training on Wednesday.
Understandably engulfed by the World Cup like the rest of the nation, Stokes and Co thought they would give penalties a go during their training session at Trent Bridge ahead of this evening’s semi-final with Croatia.
In a jumpers for goalposts-esque set up, England’s cricket side split up into two teams – bibs vs non bibs – to see what this nerve-racking penalty business was all about before their net session.
Ben Stokes basked in the glory of a penalty shootout triumph in training on Wednesday
The all-rounder went in goal for a shooutout and made several saves before their net session
Joe Root, who was on the same team as Stokes, dispatched his penalty like a true leader
Stokes and Root’s bibs celebrated wildly on the Trent Bridge pitch after winning the shootout
Joe Root, like a true leader, dispatched his spot-kick with such ease that even Harry Kane would have been proud of it.
England batsman Jason Roy however could not repeat his captain’s feat and fluffed his lines – let’s just say the pressure got to him.
But it was all-rounder Stokes – who is more familiar with playing with an oval-shaped ball than a football – who stole the show.
(L to R) Sam Curran, Mark Wood, Root, Jason Roy and Liam Plunkett were the winning team
The bibs still managed to win despite Roy buckling under the pressure and fluffing his lines
His heroics in goal led to mass celebrations on the Trent Bridge pitch after his team converted their final penalty to win the shootout.
Stokes would have won himself many plaudits for his performance in goal, but with Pickford in such fine fettle, there is little chance of it earning him a late call-up to Gareth Southgate’s squad.
After practising their penalties, it was back to business as normal for the England squad as they prepared for the first of three ODI’s against India, which is on Thursday.
It was back to reality and back to business for Stokes and Co after the penalty shootout
England had a final net session on Wednesday before the first of three ODI’s against India