Full name Mark Daniel Stoneman
Born June 26, 1987, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland
Current age 30 years 175 days
Major teams England, Durham, Durham 2nd XI, England Under-19s
Playing role Top-order batsman
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||England v West Indies at Birmingham, Aug 17-19, 2017 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v England at Adelaide, Dec 2-6, 2017 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Sussex v Durham at Horsham, Jul 13-15, 2007 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Australia v England at Adelaide, Dec 2-6, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Durham v Bangladesh A at Chester-le-Street, Aug 3, 2008 scorecard|
|Last List A||Nottinghamshire v Surrey at Lord's, Jul 1, 2017 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Worcestershire v Durham at Worcester, Jul 9, 2010 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Surrey v Sussex at The Oval, Aug 13, 2017 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|56, 3||England||v Australia||Perth||14 Dec 2017||Test # 2288|
|18, 36||England||v Australia||Adelaide||2 Dec 2017||Test # 2285|
|53, 27||England||v Australia||Brisbane||23 Nov 2017||Test # 2282|
|111||England||v CA XI||Townsville||15 Nov 2017||FC|
|61, 51||England||v CA XI||Adelaide||8 Nov 2017||FC|
|85||England||v WA XI||Perth||4 Nov 2017||Other|
|24, 98||Surrey||v Lancashire||Manchester||25 Sep 2017||FC|
|51, 24||Surrey||v Somerset||The Oval||19 Sep 2017||FC|
|131||Surrey||v Yorkshire||The Oval||12 Sep 2017||FC|
|1, 40*||England||v West Indies||Lord's||7 Sep 2017||Test # 2274|
Mark Stoneman, a phlegmatic and understated left-handed opening batsman, has long been regarded as the most reliable opening batsmen in county cricket, yet as he approached his 30th birthday he must have wondered if England would ever come calling. An unobtrusive batting style is one thing, invisibility quite another, but all that changed when he moved from Durham to Surrey. By the end of his first run-strewn season in the capital, he had three Test caps against West Indies - making one half-century at Headingley - and Trevor Bayliss, England's coach, who had admitted he had never watched him live, was impressed enough to favour his selection for the Ashes tour of 2017/18.
Stoneman, strong square of the wicket, had eventually prospered in the English game's most northerly outpost like few before him before but his inability to break into the England Test side persuade him to leave Durham for Surrey at the end of 2016, one of the first to depart in a mass exodus as the county hit troubled times. It enabled him to revive his relationship with Michael di Venuto, Surrey's coach and a mentor at Durham.
Surrey gained a batsman who had passed 1,000 first-class runs for four successive seasons and with ambition still evident. "The desire to play for England is as strong as it has ever been," he said. Another 1,000-run season, including a career-best 197 against Essex, ensured that desire was satisfied in a summer where Surrey boasted the top three Championship run-makers in the country - Kumar Sangakkara, Rory Burns and Stoneman - all taking advantage of true Oval surfaces. There was a high-profile one-day innings too - 144 against Notts in the Royal London Cup final, even it was overshadowed when Alex Hales retorted with a matchwinning 187, the highest score ever made in a Lord's final.
Stoneman did attract England's interest as a teenager. He played at Under-17 and Under-19 level for England, making his bow for the Under-19s in the 2006 World Cup in Sri Lanka, although he had a miserable time, registering just 20 runs in four innings, and trashed a dressing room in frustration after he was dropped. He also spent five seasons with St George in Sydney Grade.
He broke into the Durham first team at 20 in the second half of the 2007 season, hitting 50 in his second match against Hampshire before making a real impression with a patient 101 from 232 balls in the victory over Sussex to keep Durham in the title race. But it was a considerable time before his potential began to be realised. He was part of the Championship-winning squads in 2008 and 2009 but only began to lay claim to a regular place at the top of the order upon the retirement of Australian Michael Di Venuto.
His second Championship century some four years after his first, in August 2011, and it was another year before he made his third. His career average refused to rise much above 30, and it was limited-overs cricket where he first began to make an impact. His 40-over form was outstanding in 2012 and one of three hundreds included an unbeaten 136 against Scotland at Chester-le-Street, his highest score at that time.
He was the club's Batsmen of the Year in 2012 and, as his confidence spread into the four-day game, was a key player in Durham's 2013 title season - indeed, Stoneman and Scott Borthwick passed 1,000 first-class runs in successive seasons, a feat strikingly out of kilter with Durham's history. He also captained the side when Paul Collingwood was out injured, an indication of the growing respect in which he was held, and as one-day captain led Durham to the Royal London Cup in 2014.