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Full name Benjamin Andrew Stokes
Born June 4, 1991, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Current age 21 years 356 days
Major teams England, Durham, Durham 2nd XI, England Lions, England Under-19s
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|ODI debut||Ireland v England at Dublin, Aug 25, 2011 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v India at Lord's, Sep 11, 2011 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England v West Indies at The Oval, Sep 23, 2011 scorecard|
|Last T20I||England v West Indies at The Oval, Sep 25, 2011 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Marylebone Cricket Club v Durham at Abu Dhabi, Mar 29-Apr 1, 2010 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Durham v Middlesex at Chester-le-Street, May 22-25, 2013 scorecard|
|List A debut||Surrey v Durham at The Oval, May 15, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||Hampshire v Durham at Southampton, May 19, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Durham v Lancashire at Chester-le-Street, Jun 4, 2010 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Durham v Lancashire at Chester-le-Street, Jul 8, 2012 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|19, 2/63, 4, 0/28||Durham||v Middlesex||Chester-le-Street||22 May 2013||FC|
|87||Durham||v Hampshire||Southampton||19 May 2013||LA|
|20, 35*||Durham||v Surrey||The Oval||10 May 2013||FC|
|2/28||Durham||v Surrey||The Oval||9 May 2013||LA|
|1/33, 7||Durham||v Lancashire||Manchester||6 May 2013||LA|
|51, 0/43||Durham||v Essex||Chester-le-Street||5 May 2013||LA|
|3/58, 11, 0/48, 12||Durham||v Notts||Nottingham||29 Apr 2013||FC|
|2, 3/26, 7, 2/99||Durham||v Yorkshire||Chester-le-Street||24 Apr 2013||FC|
|2/60, 33, 3/70, 8||Durham||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||17 Apr 2013||FC|
|49, 0/23, 22, 3/34||Durham||v Somerset||Chester-le-Street||10 Apr 2013||FC|
Ben Stokes' prodigious talent was clear from an early age, and he was just 18 when he signed a two-year contract with Durham in December 2009. A true allrounder, he had been quietly developing in the Durham Academy for some time and had already made his one-day debut for Durham that summer, snaring Mark Ramprakash with his third legal delivery in senior cricket. From there he enjoyed a productive time at the Under-19 World Cup, scoring a century against India, before registering a maiden fifty on his first-class debut for Durham in the pink-ball season opener against MCC.
Stokes clearly enjoyed his first full season of Championship cricket, notching up 740 runs at 46.25, but it was in 2011 that he really began to blossom. In April he took 6 for 68 and scored a brilliant hundred that included five sixes in an over against Hampshire, and just over a month later registered his maiden limited-overs ton, cracking 150 not out against Warwickshire in the Clydesdale Bank 40. A broken finger hindered his bowling, but he played for England Lions and was selected for his first full squad to face Ireland in Dublin.
Stokes performed better than many with the bat in a damp 2012 season, with 827 runs at 29.53 but coupled with his 37 wickets at 21.47 it was an excellent season. He was called up to the England Lions squad for the tour of Australia in early 2013. But Stokes was sent home from the tour with three matches remaining after two breeches of discipline.
Stokes was born in Christchurch, New Zealand and comes from a rich sporting pedigree with his father, Ged, playing international Rugby League for New Zealand.
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