Ben Stokes extends Durham stay by one-year

Ben Stokes played a key role in Durham’s victory over Yorkshire Vikings in the 2016 NatWest Twenty20 Blast semi-finals
Ben Stokes played a key role in Durham’s victory over Yorkshire Vikings in the 2016 NatWest Twenty20 Blast semi-finals
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Durham County Cricket Club has confirmed that England all-rounder Ben Stokes has signed a one-year contract extension following the conclusion of the international summer season.

Stokes, who in the recent past has become a vital cog of the England team in all the formats, played a key role in Durham’s victory over Yorkshire Vikings in the 2016 NatWest Twenty20 Blast semi-finals by scoring a 36-ball 56.

David Harker, the chief executive of Durham, expressed his delight at Stokes’ contract extension and lauded the 25-year-old for his achievements at the international level.

“Ben is one of the finest players in world cricket and we’re delighted he has chosen to carry on his county career with Durham,” said Harker.

“He is approaching the prime years of his career and while we may not see him as much as we would like over the next year, his influence remains huge around the club.

“Ben is a shining example of what our young players can achieve with hard work and dedication to go alongside talent.”

In his Test career which began in December 2013, Stokes has so far played 25 matches and scored 1429 runs at an average of 33.23 and has taken 60 wickets.

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