World Cup-winner Ben Stokes on fluky six: 'I said to Kane Williamson I'll be apologising for that for the rest of my life'

England's World Cup-winning hero Ben Stokes says he'll be "apologising for the rest of my life" for his fluky runs that helped tip yesterday's absorbing final his side's way.

Christchurch-born Stokes scored 84 at Lord's including picking up six runs when a Martin Guptill throw deflected off his bat and raced to the boundary.

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Ben Stokes’ father had been copping tongue-in-cheek comments that he was the most hated father in NZ after his son’s man-of-the-match performance for England. Source: 1 NEWS

He was credited with six - the two runs taken by the batsman, plus four more when the ball hit the white rope.

England tied New Zealand's total of 241, England winning because they scored the most boundaries after a super over was tied as well.

"I said to Kane Williamson I'll be apologising for that for the rest of my life," Stokes told The Times.

"I have apologised countless times for that fluke, it's not how you want to get them.

"Playing against New Zealand is always a great event, they are a seriously good team and really good lads."

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14:  England batsman Ben Stokes protests his innocence after a throw had deflected off him and gone for 4 overthrows during the Final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between New Zealand and England at Lord's Cricket Ground on July 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)
Ben Stokes in World Cup final Source: Getty