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Who is Ben Stokes?

Ben Stokes was born on June 4, 1991 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

He is best known for playing cricket for Durham and England.

Stokes is a left-handed all-rounder.

His father, Ged, played Rugby League for New Zealand, but moved to England when Ben was 11.

Ben Stokes started playing for Durham as a teenager.

2011 saw good things and bad for Stokes. On the one hand he was arrested and cautioned for obstructing the police, and on the other hand he made his senior England debut in a One Day International against Ireland.

He made his test debut on England's poor 2013/14 tour of Australia and scored his maiden Test hundred at Perth, batting at No 6 in the second test.

In February 2013, he was sent home from a Lions tour of Australia for disciplinary reasons.

On 3 January 2016, Ben Stokes, in a test against South Africa, scored England's fastest ever double century and the second fastest in the world. It was the highest ever score by an England No 6.

You can view the highlights in the video below.

In September 2017, Ben Stokes took a Test-best 6-22 against the West Indies.

Shortly afterwards Stokes was arrested for suspicion of causing actual bodily harm after an incident in a Bristol nightclub, nevertheless he was selected later in the week for England's forthcoming Ashes tour.

However, it was later announced that Ben Stokes and Alex Hales would not be considered by England for international cricket until further notice.

On 14 August 2018, Ben Stokes was found not guilty of affray.

On 14 July 2019, Ben Stokes played a crucial part in England winning the Cricket World Cup. In the final against New Zealand at Lord's he top-scored with 84.

More heroics were to come in August 2019 in the third Ashes Test, when Stokes scored an extraordinary 135 not out to secure an extraordinary England victory over Australia by one wicket.

In December 2019, he was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

On 20 July 2020, Joe Root called Ben Stokes 'Mr Incredible' after his powerful performance helped England level the series against the West Indies.

In April 2022, Ben Stokes took over from Joe Root as England captain. At that stage, he had scored 5,061 runs and taken 174 wickets in 79 Tests.

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