Benjamin Andrew Stokes OBE is an English cricketer who is the captain of the England Test team and plays for the England Twenty20 International team.
Born in New Zealand, Stokes moved to England as a child.
He made his T20I debut in 2011, his Test debut in 2013, and played for England’s One Day International ODI team from 2011 before retiring from the format in July 2022.
He was part of the England team that won the 2019 Cricket World Cup, top-scoring in England’s innings in the final before batting in the tied Super Over, winning the Man of the Match award
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Stokes was born on 4 June 1991 in Christchurch, New Zealand, the son of rugby league player and coach Gerard Stokes, known as ‘Ged Stokes’, and an English mother.
He was raised in a devout Christian family.
Stokes moved to England at the age of 12 after his father was appointed head coach of Workington Town rugby league club, and grew up in the small West Cumbrian town of Cockermouth, attending Cockermouth School and playing cricket for Cockermouth Cricket Club.
He won the North Lancashire & Cumbria Cricket League Premier Division Title with the club as a 15 year old in 2006.
His parents subsequently moved back to New Zealand to reside again in Christchurch; Ged Stokes died in New Zealand on 8 December 2020 due to brain cancer.