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 24)
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 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 20 August 2015 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 221) 25 August 2011 v Ireland
Last ODI 20 June 2015 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no. 55 (was 59)
Domestic team information
Years Team
2009–present Durham (squad no. 38)
2015 Melbourne Renegades
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 16 29 82 94
Runs scored 884 424 4,370 2,228
Batting average 31.57 19.27 34.14 30.94
100s/50s 2/4 0/2 10/20 4/8
Top score 120 70 185 164
Balls bowled 2,608 924 8,800 2,360
Wickets 40 29 180 86
Bowling average 40.55 33.34 30.47 25.75
5 wickets in innings 2 1 3 2
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 1 n/a
Best bowling 6/36 5/61 7/67 5/61
Catches/stumpings 10/– 13/– 47/– 39/–
Source: CricketArchive, 25 August 2015

Benjamin Andrew "Ben" Stokes (born 4 June 1991) is an England international cricketer who, at county level, plays for Durham. Born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand, he moved to northern England at the age of 12. He is an all-rounder who bowls right-arm fast-medium pace and bats left-handed.

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 cricket for Cockermouth Cricket Club; winning the North Lancashire & Cumbria Cricket League, Premier Division Title with the club as a 15-year-old in 2006. 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 Bangladesh U19 during 2009, in which he made a half-century and took a few wickets. He then went on to play in the 2010 Under-19 World Cup, during which he scored a century against the India U19.

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]

On 2 January 2015, Stokes joined the Melbourne Renegades of Australia's Big Bash League for the remainder of the season as a replacement for Jesse Ryder, who was ruled out through injury.[5]


2011–2012 Ireland, India and New Zealand[edit]

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 just 3 runs and did not bowl, however he did take a catch.[6]

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, Stokes only managed 7 runs as the match ended on a draw on the Duckworth–Lewis method. He was selected to make his Twenty20 International 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.

2013–14 Ashes series[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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] 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.

2014 West Indies[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.

2014 India and Sri Lanka[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.

Stokes was selected for the tour of Sri Lanka at the back end of 2014, although he endured a disappointing series. In the first match of the series he took figures of 1–36 and scored 16 runs. After being left out for the second match of the series he returned for the third, although he was unimpressive, finishing with figures of 0–28. He played in the fourth ODI, but ended with figures of 0–21 off just two overs, and played no further part in the series.

2015 West Indies and New Zealand[edit]

After missing the World Cup, Stokes was recalled to the side to tour the West Indies. In the first innings of the first game, Stokes made 79 with the bat. He failed to take a wicket in West Indies first innings, but made another 35 runs in England's second innings. He again failed to take a wicket in the final innings as the match ended in a draw. He took his first wicket of the series in West Indies first innings of the second match, but could only make eight with the bat. He again failed to take a wicket in West Indies's second innings but England chased down their target to win the game. In the final match of the series, he made 22 with the bat in England's first innings and took 1-17 to help England reach a first innings lead. However, England collapsed in their second innings and although Stokes took a wicket in the West Indies's second innings, it wasn't enough as West Indies won by five wickets to level the series 1-1.

Stokes retained his place in the England squad for the first Test against New Zealand at Lord's. Following his score of 92 in the first innings, Stokes recorded the fastest ever Test century at Lord's and second fastest by an England batsman, taking just 85 deliveries to bring up his hundred. He followed this by posting second innings bowling figures of 3 for 38, and was later named player of the match. In the second Test, Stokes was less prolific. After taking figures of 1-70 in New Zealand's first innings, he was then dismissed for just six. He was wicketless in New Zealand's second innings and could only manage 29 with the bat as England lost the Test to draw the series 1-1.

In the first ODI against New Zealand Stokes made ten with the bat and took figures of 0-28 as England secured an emphatic win. He took 2-66 in the next game, and followed this up by scoring 68 and taking figures of 2-35 in the third ODI. In the fourth match of the series he took two wickets and scored an unbeaten 19 to help England over the line to win the match and level the series. In the decider he scored 17 and took figures of 3-52 to help England win the match and the series 3-2. He hit an unbeaten 24 and took two wickets to help England win the only T20 match between the two sides.

2015 Ashes[edit]

Stokes was selected in the England team for the first Ashes Test, and scored 52 in the first innings to help England into a first innings lead. He then scored 42 in the second innings as England won by 169 runs. He made 87 in England's first innings of the second Test, but failed to take a wicket as England lost by 405 runs. In the third Test he was dismissed for a duck in his only innings but took 1-28 in Australia's second innings as England won by eight wickets. In the fourth Test he was ineffective with the bat but took figures of 6-36 in Australia's second innings to help England win the match and regain the Ashes. In the final match of the series he took figures of 3-133 in Australia's first innings, but only made fifteen runs with the bat in the match after being dismissed for a duck when England were following on. England lost the match by an innings and 48 runs but won the series 3-2.

International centuries and five-wicket hauls[edit]

Test centuries[edit]

Ben Stokes's Test centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 120 2  Australia Perth, Australia WACA Ground 2014 Lost
2 101 10  New Zealand London, England Lord's 2015 Won

Test five-wicket hauls[edit]

Ben Stokes's Test five-wicket hauls
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 6/99 4  Australia Sydney, Australia Sydney Cricket Ground 2014 Lost
2 6/36 15  Australia Nottingham, England Trent Bridge Cricket Ground 2015 Won

One Day International five-wicket hauls[edit]

Ben Stokes's One Day International five-wicket hauls
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 5/61 10  Australia Southampton, England Rose Bowl 2013 Lost


  1. ^ "Ben Stokes". Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Hoult, Nick (15 May 2009). "Durham's Ben Stokes wins generation game at the Oval". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Culley, Jon (30 April 2010). "Injury worries for Durham despite draw". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN Sports Media. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Plunkett and Stokes in England Performance Programme Squad". 22 April 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Renegades sign Ben Stokes". 6 June 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Eoin Morgan named as England captain for Ireland ODI". BBC Sport. 20 August 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Australia vs England 2nd Test". ESPN Cricinfo. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Australia vs England 3rd Test". ESPN Cricinfo. 17 December 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Australia vs England 4th Test". ESPN Cricinfo. 29 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 

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