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Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes
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)
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium pace
Role All-rounder
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 221) 25 August 2011 v Ireland
Last ODI 16 September 2013 v Australia
ODI shirt no. 59
T20I debut (cap 58) 23 September 2011 v West Indies
Last T20I 27 June 2013 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
2009–present Durham (squad no. 38)
Source: CricketArchive, 30 September 2013

Benjamin Andrew Stokes (born 4 June 1991 in Christchurch, New Zealand), usually referred to as just Ben Stokes, is an English cricketer. He is an all-rounder who bowls right-arm medium pace and bats left-handed. He plays for Durham and has represented the England U-19 team.

Early life

Stokes is the son of rugby league player and coach Gerard Stokes. He moved to England at the age of 12.[1]

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 2 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, he made his maiden fifty and took his first 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.[2] Having had a very successful debut season in First Class cricket he was given a place in the England Performance Programe and travelled to Australia during The Ashes.[3]

Stokes was announced as a member of the England ODI squad for their match against Ireland in August 2011. Stokes was caught and bowled by Paul Stirling for just 3 in the first innings.[4]

On the 23rd of September Stokes was selected as part of the England ashes squad to play Australia along with other debutants Gary Ballance and Boyd Rankin.


External links

  • Cricinfo Player Profile
  • Cricket Online Profile
  • Durham Squad List
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