England begin their T20 World Cup campaign today with a bumper clash against the West Indies in Dubai.

The game is a direct rematch from the 2016 final, which saw the West Indies emerge victorious thanks to Carlos Brathwaite's final over heroics.

After an expert 19th over from Chris Jordan only went for eight runs, the West Indies were left needing 19 to win off the final over.

And Ben Stokes was the man tasked to defend those runs and see England over the line.

Jordan was England's main specialist at the death, but Stokes had also performed well in the role coming to that game.

Ben Stokes was tasked with defending 19 off the final over to ensure England won the 2016 World T20, but he was smashed for four consecutive sixes by Carlos Brathwaite (


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The all-rounder had bowled a total of 199 deliveries in the last four overs of a T20, averaging 14.66 and having an economy rate of 7.95.

However, in the intense pressure of a final, Stokes bowled a poor leg stump half-volley first ball which Brathwaite heaved over deep backward square for six.

From there, Stokes found himself unable to nail his yorkers and he was smashed for three more sixes by Brathwaite, with the West Indies lifting the trophy for the second time in their history.

Reflecting on the over during a Sky Cricket Watchalong during lockdown, Stokes said: "People think I purposely bowled four balls in the slot!

"The reality is, every time I went back to my mark, I was trying to remember to bowl a yorker.

"I'd practised, practised, practised and I'd got confident with bowling them - I'd done well against Sri Lanka and New Zealand. I just didn't execute it.

"Looking back on it - I'm more experienced now - I would have slowed it down a bit more, as opposed to getting back to my mark and going again.

"I didn't feel like I composed myself as well as I would do now."

For Brathwaite though, the over saw him etch his name into the history books and catapulted him into superstardom.

"I'll be honest, I was nervous," he recalled on the Sky Watchalong. "I won't even try to pretend I had it all planned. "Marlon [Samuels] just said to me 'swing for the hills!'

"And my thoughts were, just get bat on ball. And if it goes in the air and you're caught, it at least gives Marlon the chance to cross and finish the game.

"For it to unfold the way it did, it was pleasing. Ben didn't execute, I capitalised and the rest is history. After everything, it was just good to enjoy the embraces.

Brathwaite celebrates his final over heroics (


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"I didn't know the last ball went for six, it was only when we took a victory lap that Ashley Nurse told me. I knew it was over the infield and at least four, but didn't know it went for six.

"It was just pure jubilation! It changed my life."

And the moment was immortalised on commentary by former West Indies bowler Ian Bishop who uttered the iconic line "Carlos Brathwaite; remember the name!"

Speaking to Betway, Bishop revealed the origins of the line, saying: "I went to a function hosted by a friend of mine two days before the final.

"And one of the questions posed was which players we should look forward to watching in the final, beyond the obvious guys like Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo.

"Carlos Brathwaite came to my mind because in that World Cup he’d been bowling well and he could smack the ball.

"I said to the guy: 'Carlos Brathwaite is a good all-round cricketer, remember that name.' When he hit the final six, the first thing that regurgitated was what I’d said to that gentleman."

Since that game, Brathwaite has been in and out of the West Indies side, having failed to perform consistently on the international stage.

However, he did come close to replicating those heroics once more at the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

In a group game against New Zealand, he struck his only international hundred to date as the West Indies fell an agonising five runs short of completing a remarkable win.

Brathwaite has not played international cricket since 2019 and he is not part of the West Indies tasked with defending the crown he helped them win in 2016.

Stokes' story has gone differently, with the all-rounder insisting that he was "determined" to use the heartbreak he experienced in 2016 to improve him as a player.

"I feel when something like that happens, you can either let it get on top of you and eat away at you, or use it as an experience to learn from and get better from," he said. "I was so determined to use days like that to get better."

However, things went from bad to worse for Stokes the following year when he was arrested by police and charged with affray after getting involved in a fight outside a nightclub.

Stokes bounced back in dramatic fashion in 2019, putting in a match winning performance in that year's Cricket World Cup final (


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The case went to trial and Stokes was ultimately acquitted and found not guilty of affray, but the incident saw him miss almost five months of cricket - including the 2017-18 Ashes tour of Australia.

In 2019, though, Stokes was able to put everything behind him and refocus on his cricket, just in time for a home World Cup.

Having played a key role in helping England reach the final, Stokes put in a match winning performance against New Zealand at Lord's to help banish the demons of the 2016 final and the events that followed.

Stokes struck 84 not out in England's innings, keeping them in the game and getting them through to a Super Over.

After he and Jos Buttler scored 15 from their Super Over, new boy Jofra Archer was tasked with defending it and seeing England over the line.

And he managed to do just that, as New Zealand also scored 15 runs, with England winning the game thanks to the boundary countback rule.

Stokes celebrates the World Cup win with Jofra Archer, who bowled the winning Super Over (


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Speaking after the game, Archer revealed that Stokes had offered him a word of advice before he bowled the over, having been in a similar position himself back in 2016.

"I have Ben to thank," Archer said. "He said that, if we lose, it doesn’t define you as a player. That went a long way towards keeping me calm.

"I think Ben went through those emotions when he bowled the last over as we lost the World T20 final. Maybe that’s why he spoke to me."