Full name: Benjamin Andrew Stokes
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Batting style: Left-handed
Bowling style: Right-arm fast-medium
His powerhouse displays have seen Ben compared to some of the game’s greats and his reputation continues to grow in all forms of cricket.
Renowned for his positive play, Ben has hit the fastest Test double-century by an Englishman and the highest-ever Test score by a number six batsman.
Typically, his career started with a bang, a 17-year-old Ben taking the wicket of Mark Ramprakash with only his third ball in professional cricket in Durham’s one-day win at Surrey in May 2009.
Born in New Zealand, he moved to England at the age of 12 when his father Gerard, a former rugby league player, joined Workington Town as a coach.
Starting out with Cockermouth Cricket Club, Ben joined Durham’s hugely successful academy and graduated to the first team in style and also represented England U19 at the 2010 U19 World Cup.
Making his First Class debut for Durham at the start of 2010, Ben became a key figure in all forms of the game and went on to make his ODI bow against Ireland in August 2011 and also forced his way into the T20 international frame.
After bowling figures of 5-61 in the fifth ODI against Australia in the summer of 2013, Ben made his England Test debut in the second Test in Australia later that year and was one of few positives to emerge from a difficult series, hitting a century with 120 in the third Test, with bowling figures of 6-99 in the first innings of the fifth Test.
After enjoying a stint with the Melbourne Renegades, Ben came to the fore again in 2015. He toured the West Indies and, having scored 92 in the first innings of the first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s he made a century in just 85 balls in the second, the second fastest by an Englishman on the way to being named man of the match.
He tasted Ashes victory for a first time, with outstanding figures of 6-36 proving crucial to victory in the fourth Test as England won the series 3-2.
There were more milestones at the start of 2016, with his phenomenal 258 in the second Test against South Africa and he helped England to the final of the T20 World Cup.
A first ODI century came against Bangladesh in October 2016 and was named ‘Man of the Series’ in a 2-1 win, he chalked up another Test century in India and was named in the ICC Test team of the year for 2016.
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