London: England all-rounder Ben Stokes has celebrated the captaincy in Test cricket in a grand way. Stokes scored a century in just 64 balls while playing for Durham in the County Championship Division 2 against Worcestershire. During this, he touched the century mark by scoring 34 runs in one over of left-arm spinner Josh Baker. Baker’s last ball of that over fell just before the boundary rope, due to which Stokes missed out on hitting six sixes in an over.
This incident happened in the 117th over of the innings. At that time Ben Stokes was batting after scoring 70 runs in 59 balls and he hit five consecutive sixes on the spin bowler. The first ball of the over went over long-on, while the next ball was hit by Stokes over deep mid-wicket. Then on the next three balls, Stokes did the same fate of the ball.
Ben Stokes was finally dismissed after scoring 161 off 88 balls. Stokes hit 17 sixes and 8 fours in his innings. Due to this innings of Stokes, Durham declared their first innings at 580/6. The video of this stormy innings of Stokes is becoming quite viral on social media.
Test debut in 2013
Stokes, 31, was made the captain of England’s Test team last month. Ben Stokes has replaced veteran batsman Joe Root, who left the captaincy of the team after a poor performance. Ben Stokes made his Test debut in the year 2013. Ben Stokes will take over as full-time captain during the three-match Test series against New Zealand in June. Ben Stokes has to play a total of seven Tests during the home season, including a Test against India.
Stokes, who has left-handed and right-handed bowling, has so far taken 174 wickets in 79 matches with 5061 runs. He was appointed the vice-captain of the Test team in 2017 and has also captained the team in the absence of Root.