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The highs and lows of Ben Stokes’ career

All-rounder Ben Stokes is about to captain England for the primary time within the upcoming first Take a look at in opposition to the West Indies.

Joe Root’s absence as he attends the start of his second baby will give Stokes the chance to steer his nation – a situation which at occasions in his turbulent profession has appeared unlikely.

Right here, the PA information company appears on the highs and lows of the 29-year-old’s time on and off the pitch.

Highs

Stokes made his England debut in Ireland in 2011
Stokes made his England debut in Eire in 2011 (Julien Behal/PA)

August 2011 – Makes one-day worldwide debut in opposition to Eire.

December 2013 – Handed Take a look at bow in Adelaide throughout Ashes collection whitewash.

December 2013 – Compiles maiden Take a look at century throughout defeat to Australia in Perth.

Might 2015 – Blasts 85-ball Take a look at hundred in opposition to New Zealand at Lord’s.

Ben Stokes, right, smashed an 85-ball ton at Lord's in 2015
Stokes, proper, smashed an 85-ball ton at Lord’s in 2015 (Nigel French/PA)

August 2015 – Takes gorgeous one-handed catch and returns second-innings six for 36 at Trent Bridge as England regain Ashes.

January 2016 – Smashes the second-fastest double-century in historical past with a thunderous 258 throughout the winter Take a look at tour to South Africa.

Might 2019 – Produces superhuman one-handed catch diving backwards on the boundary throughout England’s win over South Africa within the first sport of the World Cup.

July 2019 – Hits 84 not out to make sure England tie with New Zealand within the World Cup closing at Lord’s earlier than starring within the Tremendous Over to steer his facet to glory.

August 2019 – Helps England, chasing 359, degree the Ashes with an astonishing unbeaten 135 in a one-wicket victory at Headingley.

December 2019 – Completes a outstanding yr by successful BBC Sports activities Persona of the Yr.

June 2020 – Requested to captain England in opposition to the West Indies within the absence of Joe Root.

Ben Stokes poses with the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award
Ben Stokes poses with the BBC Sports activities Persona of the Yr award (Jane Barlow/PA)

Lows

December 2011 – Arrested for obstructing a police officer on an evening out in Cumbria.

February 2013 – Despatched residence from an England Lions tour of Australia after flouting guidelines on ingesting.

March 2014 – Dominated out of the World T20 after breaking his hand punching a locker.

Stokes missed the 2014 World T20
Stokes missed the 2014 World T20 (Martin Rickett/PA)

December 2014 – Overlooked of England’s 15-man squad for the 2015 World Cup.

April 2016 – Hit for 4 consecutive sixes by Carlos Brathwaite within the final over as West Indies beat England by 4 wickets within the World T20 closing.

June 2016 – Fined after being caught dashing for the fourth time.

Stokes, centre, was found not guilty of affray by a jury at Bristol Crown Court in 2018
Stokes, centre, was discovered not responsible of affray by a jury at Bristol Crown Court docket in 2018 (Ben Birchall/PA)

September 2017 – Arrested on suspicion of precise bodily hurt following a disturbance exterior a nightclub in Bristol. Misses the Ashes and is stripped of the England vice-captaincy in consequence.

January 2018 – Charged with affray.

August 2018 – Discovered not responsible of affray by a jury at Bristol Crown Court docket.

January 2020 – Escapes ban for swearing at a supporter on the opening day of the fourth Take a look at in opposition to South Africa in Johannesburg, after accepting a degree one cost for an “audible obscenity”.

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