Ben Stokes has signed a three-year contract extension with Durham County Club, this means the all-rounder will now represent Durham till the 2024 season. Ben Stokes has returned back to cricket from the Ashes 2021-2022 series. Stokes took a mental health break from cricket in the last few months while he was recovering with a broken finger.
Ben Stokes has amassed 3611 first-class runs for Durham in 64 matches since his County debut against Essex in 2010. His highest first-class score for Durham is 185 runs which came against Lancashire. He has also represented the club in 62 T20 Blast games, including a highest of 90* against Yorkshire in 2018.
“I am delighted to commit to a further three years with Durham, I have had some fantastic memories playing for the Club over the years and I look forward to experiencing more of this in the future,” Stokes said.
“Ben is one of the finest players in the world and while we may not see him as much as we would like, his influence around the club remains huge. It’s fantastic to see Ben back fit and well following his time away from the game and now back playing for England in the Ashes. We are extremely happy that Ben has agreed his future to Durham for a further 3 years,” added Marcus North, Director of Cricket.
However, since his comeback, Ben Stokes couldn’t make useful contributions either with bat or ball. He scored only 19 runs in the first Test and also bowled 14 no-balls. Besides he was finding it difficult to bowl due to a knee injury which raised doubts about his availability in the Adelaide Test. However resting all the douts, Stokes has confirmed that he will feature in the second test of the Ashes series as his knee injury is not that serious.
“Having a long break is going to show itself I guess, but there are no excuses from me,” Stokes wrote in The Mirror.“People will have seen me rubbing my knee from time to time when I was in the field, but rest assured I’m fine.”
“It is an old injury that flares up every now and again, but I know how to manage it.” “It just gets a little bit uncomfortable every now and again in and around my cartilage, but it just looks worse than it is by the way I try and get off it as soon as I can”, Stokes added in his statement.