Name: Ben Stokes
Date of birth: 04/06/1991
International Team: England
Domestic Team: Durham
Role: All Rounder
Bowling Style: Right arm medium fast
Batting Style: Left-hand
Ben Stokes is one of the most exciting talents to emerge from the county game in recent years and, whisper it quietly, could be that rarest of beasts: a genuine Test all-rounder.
The flame-haired 22-year-old is a powerful middle-order batsman and capable of hitting 90mph with his skiddy seam bowling. His first-class states are impressive with eight centuries already and a bowling average of 27.19.
Stokes was born in New Zealand but moved to north-east England as a child when his father Ged - a rugby league international - came over to pursue his career playing and coaching in the 13-man code.
He was identified by Durham at an early stage and was signed up on a full contract in 2009 at the age of 18, making his first-class debut the following year.
England were also keen and Stokes played at the Under 19 World Cup in 2010, stroking an 87-ball century against India.
Stokes made his ODI and Twenty20 international debuts for England in 2011 but his bowling was hampered by a finger injury and he made little impact with the bat.
The England Lions' tour to Australia in 2012/13 ended with him being sent home - along with room-mate Matt Coles - for repeated disciplinary breaches.
That served as a wake-up call and Stokes refocused, adding some extra pace to his bowling and playing a key man in Durham's County Championship triumph.
He was back in England's one-day squad by the end of the 2013 summer, taking on the role of third seamer and adding some extra length to the batting order.
Chris Woakes was preferred to Stokes when England picked an all-rounder for the final Ashes Test at The Oval but the roles were reversed when it came to the winter tour squad for Australia with Stokes getting his first Test call-up.
International Career Overview
|Career Span:||2013-2014||Innings Bowled:||12|
|Highest Score:||120||Best bowling in Innings:||6/99|
|Career Span:||2011-2014||Innings Bowled:||15|
|Highest Score:||70||Best bowling in Innings:||5/61|
County Season Overview
|Career Span:||2014-2014||Innings Bowled:||13|
|Highest Score:||85||Best bowling in Innings:||7/67|
|Career Span:||2014-2014||Innings Bowled:||7|
|Highest Score:||164||Best bowling in Innings:||2/25|
Full International Career History
|Jul 17 2014||India||Lord's||1||0|
|Jul 9 2014||India||Trent Bridge, Nottingham||1||0|
|Jan 3 2014||Australia||Sydney Cricket Ground||1||47|
|Dec 25 2013||Australia||Melbourne Cricket Ground||1||14|
|Dec 13 2013||Australia||WACA Ground||1||18|
|Dec 5 2013||Australia||Adelaide Oval||1||1|
|Jul 17 2014||India||Lord's||1||2/40|
|Jul 9 2014||India||Trent Bridge, Nottingham||1||2/81|
|Jan 3 2014||Australia||Sydney Cricket Ground||1||6/99|
|Dec 25 2013||Australia||Melbourne Cricket Ground||1||1/46|
|Dec 13 2013||Australia||WACA Ground||1||1/63|
|Dec 5 2013||Australia||Adelaide Oval||1||2/70|
|Nov 26 2014||Sri Lanka||R. Premadasa Stadium||1||16|
|Sep 5 2014||India||Headingley Carnegie||1||33*|
|Aug 30 2014||India||Trent Bridge, Nottingham||1||2|
|Aug 27 2014||India||The Swalec Stadium||1||23|
|Mar 5 2014||West Indies||Sir Vivian Richards Stadium||1||0|
|Mar 2 2014||West Indies||Sir Vivian Richards Stadium||1||4|
|Feb 28 2014||West Indies||Sir Vivian Richards Stadium||1||5|
|Jan 26 2014||Australia||Adelaide Oval||1||0|
|Jan 24 2014||Australia||WACA Ground||1||70|
|Jan 19 2014||Australia||Sydney Cricket Ground||1||15|
|Jan 17 2014||Australia||Brisbane Cricket Ground||1||0|
|Jan 12 2014||Australia||Melbourne Cricket Ground||1||21|
|Sep 16 2013||Australia||The Ageas Bowl||1||27|
|Sep 14 2013||Australia||The Swalec Stadium||1||25|
|Sep 11 2013||Australia||Edgbaston||1||DNB|
|Sep 8 2013||Australia||Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester||1||5|
|Sep 3 2013||Ireland||The Village||1||DNB|
|Sep 11 2011||India||Lord's||1||7|
|Sep 9 2011||India||The Kia Oval||1||20|
|Aug 25 2011||Ireland||Dublin||1||3|
|Jan 26 2010||New Zealand Under 19s||Jade Stadium, Christchurch||1||28|
|Nov 26 2014||Sri Lanka||R. Premadasa Stadium||1||0/36|
|Sep 5 2014||India||Headingley Carnegie||1||3/47|
|Aug 30 2014||India||Trent Bridge, Nottingham||1||1/31|
|Aug 27 2014||India||The Swalec Stadium||1||0/54|
|Mar 5 2014||West Indies||Sir Vivian Richards Stadium||1||0/21|
|Mar 2 2014||West Indies||Sir Vivian Richards Stadium||1||0/13|
|Jan 26 2014||Australia||Adelaide Oval||1||3/43|
|Jan 24 2014||Australia||WACA Ground||1||4/38|
|Jan 19 2014||Australia||Sydney Cricket Ground||1||1/23|
|Jan 17 2014||Australia||Brisbane Cricket Ground||1||1/74|
|Jan 12 2014||Australia||Melbourne Cricket Ground||1||1/64|
|Sep 16 2013||Australia||The Ageas Bowl||1||5/61|
|Sep 14 2013||Australia||The Swalec Stadium||1||1/42|
|Sep 8 2013||Australia||Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester||1||0/66|
|Sep 3 2013||Ireland||The Village||1||0/51|
|Jan 26 2010||Jade Stadium, Christchurch||1||0/11|
ICC World T20 Group 1
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