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Ballance recalled, Stokes dropped for World Cup

Dec 20, 2014: Gary Ballance is the player to benefit from Alastair Cook's sacking as one-day captain after he was named in England's World Cup squad. Ben Stokes and Harry Gurney have also been omitted from the team that was recently in Sri Lanka

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lanka v England, 7th ODI, Colombo

Cook form leaves England in chaos

Dec 16, 2014: England's biggest problem ahead of the fast-approaching World Cup is the form of Cook and it becomes more acute each time a member of the ECB hierarchy launches into an impassioned defence of the captain

Alan Gardner in Colombo

England in Sri Lanka 2014-15

Stokes' ride gets uncomfortable

Dec 8, 2014: Ben Stokes is slipping alarmingly from England's greatest asset to a liability they are struggling to carry

Alan Gardner

Sri Lanka v England, 4th ODI, Colombo

We missed Tredwell - Morgan

Dec 7, 2014: England's decision to field Ben Stokes instead of James Tredwell may have contributed to them going 3-1 down in the series but they have accepted that there will be some collateral damage

Alan Gardner in Colombo

England news

Harmison compares England attack to Ashes greats

Nov 16, 2014: Steve Harmison has identified Steven Finn and Ben Stokes as key figures for England ahead of the World Cup and next summer's Ashes

Alan Gardner

England in Sri Lanka 2014

Maturing Stokes fires England hopes

Nov 4, 2014: Ben Stokes has learned plenty from a bumpy year with England and believes the team can still confound low expectations at the World Cup

Alan Gardner

Durham v Warwickshire, Royal London Cup final, Lord's

Breese provides another Durham 'fairytale'

Sep 21, 2014: Gareth Breese struck the winning runs in what is likely to be his final appearance for the club, earning Durham their fifth major trophy since 2007. It was no surprise that the word "fairytale" cropped up

Alan Gardner

Durham v Warwickshire, RL Cup final, Lord's

Stokes nerve guides Durham to title

Sep 20, 2014: Durham claimed their second piece of limited-overs silverware to cap another season as county cricket's magnificent overachievers

Report by Alan Gardner at Lord's

Durham v Warwickshire, Royal London Cup final, Lord's

Stokes empowered as heroes collide

Sep 19, 2014: Ben Stokes is back in form after his unlucky break and looking to impress his claim as one of England's World Cup X-Factor Men

Alan Gardner

England news

England refreshed for demanding slog

Sep 11, 2014: The new faces on England's central contracts list reflect the end of a period of great upheaval, as well as the punishing schedule over the next 12 months

Andrew McGlashan

England news

Moeen, Jordan among six new central contracts

Sep 11, 2014: The ECB has awarded central contracts to six new players, Moeen Ali, Gary Ballance, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes

ESPNcricinfo staff

Middlesex v Durham, Lord's, 1st day

Borthwick's batting the evolving skill

Sep 9, 2014: After Scott Borthwick had been dispatched around the SCG by Australia's gung-ho batsmen England realised they did not have a spinning sensation on their hands. Not that day anyway

Alex Winter at Lord's

Durham v Notts, Royal London Cup SF, Chester-le-Street

Stokes blasts Durham back to Lord's

Sep 6, 2014: Ben Stokes emphatically put a troubled summer behind him with one of the most destructive innings of the season as his 164 swept Durham into the Royal London One-Day Cup final.

David Hopps at Chester-le-Street

England v India, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 2nd day

Ishant front foot highlights big problem

Aug 16, 2014: Umpires are simply not watching for the no-ball closely enough and it is creating trouble for bowlers. When an umpire fails to call your foot faults, he is basically omitting to tell you all is not right

Sidharth Monga at The Oval

Durham v Notts, Royal London Cup, Chester-le-Street

Stokes revives himself with hundred

Aug 12, 2014: Ben Stokes put his frustrations behind him by thrashing a century as Durham ended Nottinghamshire's unbeaten Royal London Cup record at Chester-le-Street

Press Association

England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 1st day

England squander golden opportunity

Jul 17, 2014: They wasted the new ball, they dropped chances and they reverted to the type of tactics that made little use of the sort of pitch of which England seamers should dream

George Dobell at Lord's

India in England 2014

Whitaker expects bowler rotation

Jul 3, 2014: James Whitaker has hinted that rotation of England's attack will be a feature of the compressed, five-Test series against India, even if the bowlers themselves are not fans

ESPNcricinfo staff

India in England 2014

Stokes recalled in squad for India

Jul 2, 2014: Ben Stokes has been recalled by England for the first Investec Test against India as the only addition to the 12-man squad which was named for both Tests against Sri Lanka

David Hopps

Durham v Derbyshire, NatWest T20 Blast, North Division, Chester-le-Street

Sorry Derbs conquered by Hastings

Jun 29, 2014: Phil Mustard struck a 25-ball half-century before Ben Stokes' unbeaten 49 ensured that Derbyshire were never at the Blaydon races by finishing a crushing, eight-wicket victory with consecutive sixes

Alan Gardner

Durham v Sussex, Chester-le-Street, 2nd day

Stokes seven has Durham sensing win

Jun 23, 2014: Career best figures of 7 for 67 for Ben Stokes put Durham on course for a second successive County Championship win, while Sussex's slide into relegation trouble looks set to continue.

Press Association
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