Ben Stokes

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Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes, 2013 (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Benjamin Andrew Stokes
Born (1991-06-04) 4 June 1991 (age 23)
Christchurch, Canterbury Region, New Zealand
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Role All-rounder
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 658) 5 December 2013 v Australia
Last Test 17 July 2014 v India
ODI debut (cap 221) 25 August 2011 v Ireland
Last ODI 5 September 2014 v India
Domestic team information
Years Team
2009–present Durham (squad no. 38)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 6 21 70 79
Runs scored 279 260 3,652 1,800
Batting average 25.36 16.25 33.81 28.57
100s/50s 1/0 0/1 9/15 4/8
Top score 120 70 185 164
Balls bowled 1,228 642 7,138 1,889
Wickets 22 20 157 66
Bowling average 32.90 31.40 28.13 26.06
5 wickets in innings 1 1 3 1
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 1 n/a
Best bowling 6/99 5/61 7/67 5/61
Catches/stumpings 2/– 8/– 38/– 32/–
Source: CricketArchive, 6 September 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[edit]

Stokes is the son of rugby league player and coach Gerard Stokes. He moved to England at the age of 12[2] 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. As of 2013 his parents have moved back to New Zealand and again reside in Christchurch.[2]

Cricket career[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4]



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.[5]

Stokes continued in the limited overs side for the ODI series against India in 2011. In the first two games of the series Stokes did not bat or bowl. An injury to Stokes meant that he was not able to bowl in the series, and so was picked as a batsman only. In the third match Stokes hit 20 as England won the match by 3 wickets. In the fourth match of the series,a stokes could only manage 7 as the match ended on a draw on the D/L Method. He was selected to make his International T20 debut against the West Indies. In the second match, he batted at number 3, scoring 31 runs although England lost by 25 runs. He played in two T20 matches against New Zealand, although injury again meant he could not bowl. He scored 9 not out in the first game, although England narrowly lost. He did not bat in the second rain affected match.

Stokes did not play for England in 2012 due to a combinations of injuries, lack of form and disciplinary issues. Stokes was sent home from an England lions tour after he ignored a team curfew.

The Ashes Series 2013–14[edit]

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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] 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[edit]

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. Stokes also bowled for England for the first time, picking up 1 wicket for 13 runs. In the final ODI he was dismissed for a duck, although he bowled four overs, taking figures of 1–21. He played in two of the T20 Internationals. He took figures of 0–30 in the first match and made just 4 runs. He was dismissed for a duck in the next match. Despite this England won the game by 5 runs. After the game, Stokes was ruled out of the T20 World Cup through injury after punching a locker.

India 2014[edit]

After missing the series against Sri Lanka to be given more time to recover from his injury, Stokes returned to the squad for the Test series against India. He was selected as an all rounder for the first Test at Trent Bridge, taking 2–81 in the first innings. He was out for a duck when batting as England took a first innings lead thanks to a record partnership from Joe Root and James Anderson. Stokes failed to pick up a wicket in the second innings as the match finished in a draw. He kept his place in the team for the next Test at Lords and took figures of 2–40 in the first innings. However, his poor form with the bat continued as he was dismissed for another duck. Although he picked up figures of 3–51 in India's second innings, he was again unable to register a score with the bat as he made his first consecutive duck as England lost the match by 95 runs. Stokes was dropped for the next Test, with Chris Jordan and Chris Woakes coming into the side. England won the final three matches of the series, although Stokes was not involved in any of them. He returned for the One Day series, although he was expensive in the first game of the series, finishing with figures of 0–54 in seven overs. He made 23 with the bat as England lost the game. In the next match of the series he made just two runs, before taking figures of 1–31 as England suffered another defeat. After being dropped for the next match, he returned in the final match of e series, making an impressive 33 with the bat before taking figures of 3–47 as England won their first game of the series.


Test cricket centuries[edit]

No. Match Runs Deliveries Against Pos. Venue Date Result
1 2 120 195  Australia 6 WACA Ground, Perth 13 December 2013 Lost[9]

Test cricket 5-wicket hauls[edit]

No. Match Figures Against Venue Date Result
1 4 6/99  Australia Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 3 January 2014 Lost[10]

One Day International 5-wicket hauls[edit]

No. Match Figures Against Venue Date Result
1 10 5/61  Australia Rose Bowl, Southampton 16 September 2013 Lost[11]


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