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Ben Stokes
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Personal information
Full nameBenjamin Andrew Stokes
Born(1991-06-04) 4 June 1991 (age 23)

Christchurch, Canterbury Region, New Zealand
Height6 ft 2.5 in (1.89 m)
Batting styleLeft-handed
Bowling styleRight-arm fast-medium
International information
National side
  • England
Test debut (cap 658)5 December 2013 v Australia
Last Test3 January 2014 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 221)25 August 2011 v Ireland
Last ODI5 March 2014 v West Indies
Domestic team information
2009–presentDurham (squad no. 38)
Career statistics
Runs scored2792023,4511,370
Batting average34.8714.4235.5724.90
Top score12070185150*
Balls bowled7015225,7671,504
Bowling average32.8031.0028.7924.87
5 wickets in innings1121
10 wickets in match0n/a0n/a
Best bowling6/995/617/675/61
Source: CricketArchive, 12 March 2014
Benjamin Andrew Stokes (born 4 June 1991 in Christchurch, New Zealand), known as Ben Stokes, is an English cricketer. He is an all-rounder who bowls right-arm fast-medium pace and bats left-handed. He plays for Durham and represents England in international cricket.


      Early life

      Stokes is the son of rugby league player and coach Gerard Stokes. He moved to England at the age of 12 after his father was appointed head coach of Workington Town rugby league club and grew up in the small West Cumbrian town of Cockermouth, playing his junior cricket for Cockermouth Cricket Club. His parents have moved back to New Zealand and again reside in Christchurch.

      Cricket career

      Stokes made his one-day debut for Durham in 2009 at The Oval and managed to take the wicket of hugely experienced batsman Mark Ramprakash with only his third delivery in professional cricket. He played in two youth tests against Bangladeshi U-19 during 2009, in which he made a half-century and took a few wickets. He then went on to play in the 2010 U-19 World Cup, during which he scored a century against the Indian U-19s.

      He made his first-class debut for Durham against the MCC during the traditional season opener, which for 2010 was taking place at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. During that match he bagged a half-century and took one wicket. At the start of the 2010 County Cricket Season he also made his Championship debut for Durham when he played in a fixture against Essex. He made his maiden first-class century against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge on 13 May. He has also featured for Durham in the Clydesdale Bank 40-over competition. Durham's continuing problems with many players becoming injured at the start of the 2010 season meant that Stokes continued playing in all forms of the game for Durham. Having had a very successful debut season in first-class cricket he was given a place in the England Performance Programme and travelled to Australia during the 2010–11 Ashes.

      Stokes made his senior England debut in a One-Day International against Ireland in August 2011. Stokes was caught and bowled by Paul Stirling for a score of just 3 runs and did not bowl, although he did take a catch.

      The Ashes Series 2013–14

      Stokes was selected for the England squad for the 2013–14 Ashes series against Australia. He became the 658th player to represent England at Test level. He made his debut in the 2nd Test and took the wickets of Michael Clarke and Peter Siddle before contributing 1 run in England's first innings. In the second innings he made 28 runs off 90 balls in England's loss. He was selected in the 3rd Test and took the wicket of Brad Haddin, he then made 18 off 57 deliveries. In Australia's second innings he bowled Michael Clarke and took Steve Smith's wicket. In England's second innings he made his maiden Test century scoring 120 off 195 balls before being caught. In the first innings of the 4th Test he made 14 runs then managed to get Shane Watson out. In the second innings he hit 19 runs and took the wicket of David Warner in England's loss. Stokes took a career-best 6 wickets for 99 runs in the first innings of the 5th Test, including the major wickets of captain Clarke for 10 and top-scorer for the innings Steve Smith for 115. Stokes top scored for England with 47 runs in the first innings to help England limp to 155 all out. In the second innings he made 32 and finished the series on the losing end of a 5–0 whitewash. Stokes enjoyed a solid series however finishing as England's third-highest run scorer with 279 runs and also second-highest wicket taker with 15 wickets.

      Stokes was selected to bat at number 7 in the first match of the ODI series, making a quick 21 runs off 20 balls before being bowled. He contributed with the ball by taking the wicket of Aaron Finch. In the 2nd ODI he was out for a golden duck and he took the wicket of Nathan Coulter-Nile. In the 3rd ODI Stokes was promoted to bat at number 3 in the absence of Joe Root, he made 15 runs off 39 balls and also took the wicket of David Warner. Stokes scored his maiden ODI half-century in the 4th ODI, with 70 runs from 84 balls, as England achieved their first competitive win on the ninth match of the Australian tour. Stokes also finished with England's best bowling figures, taking 4–39. Stokes played in the 5th ODI, he took 3 wickets but made 0 runs. He finished the ODI series on the losing side of a 4-1 defeat. Stokes made 106 runs and took 10 wickets in the series. Stokes was selected for the 3rd T20 and made 5 runs.

      West Indies 2014

      Stokes was selected in the 1st ODI however he only made 5 runs before being bowled. In the 2nd ODI Stokes made 4 runs off 9 balls.


      Test cricket centuries

      121170 !120195 Australia6WACA Ground, Perth02013-12-13-000013 December 2013Lost

      Test cricket 5-wicket hauls

      146101 !6/99 AustraliaSydney Cricket Ground, Sydney02014-01-03-00003 January 2014Lost

      One Day International 5-wicket hauls

      1105139 !5/61 AustraliaRose Bowl, Southampton02013-09-16-000016 September 2013Lost

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