Stokes at Headingley in 2019Stokes at Headingley in 2019
Stokes at Headingley in 2019

Ben Stokes: 10 moments that shaped England’s new Test captain

With Ben Stokes now confirmed as England’s new Test captain, NationalWorld looks at the moments that have shaped his cricket career.

The England and Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes has been confirmed as England’s new Test captain and will be firmly in place ahead of their next Test which comes at the beginning of June against New Zealand.

Joe Root announced his resignation from the role on Good Friday after leading the side to just one win in the last 17 Test matches.

The Yorkshireman had been England’s most successful captain with more Test wins than any other but the time had come for a change after a 4-0 Ashes defeat and 1-0 West Indies series defeat.

His successor has long been an English cricketing hero but the lows are not unknown to him either.

Stokes recently took time away from the game to focus on recovering from an ongoing finger injury as well as to prioritise his mental health.

In September, the 30-year-old announced he would be taking a break and returned to help see England through yet another soul-crushing series in Australia. He then went on to score his first century since his return during England’s second Test match against the West Indies knocking up 120 from just 128 balls - his first century since the death of his father in 2020.

With a few weeks to go before seeing the Ashes and World Cup hero in action, let’s take a look at some of the highs and lows that have shaped Ben Stokes into becoming England’s 81st permanent captain: