Ten reasons why we love Ben Stokes…

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Ben Stokes: England's own Superman

Michael Atherton recently said Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes is arguably England’s most important player at the moment…he’s also pretty special.

The 25-year-old is one of those rare players that, when named in the XI, lifts his team-mates and strikes fears into his opponents.

Wonder catches, devastating innings and ferocious bowling spells are all in his armoury, with Durham chief executive David Harker saying he is ‘one of the finest players in world cricket’.

Stokes has committed his future to Durham by signing a new one-year contract extension, and England coach Trevor Bayliss will surely agree with Harker’s assessment that he is ‘approaching the prime years of his career’.

Already a fans’ favourite, he forged his place in England folklore with a brutal career-best 258 against South Africa in Cape Town at the start of 2016.

And here are 10 more reasons to love the New Zealand-born superstar:

He loves to win…

Ben Stokes: Natural born winner
Ben Stokes: Natural born winner

He hurts as much as we do when England lose…

Ben Stokes: Feels the pain of defeat
Ben Stokes: Feels the pain of defeat

He’s a bit of a wind-up merchant…

Ben Stokes: Likes to chat
Ben Stokes: Likes to chat

But he revels in the thrill of the battle with bowlers…

Ben Stokes: Loves chin music
Ben Stokes: Loves chin music

He doesn’t just hit the ball – he bashes it…

Ben Stokes: A big basher
Ben Stokes: A big basher

And he’s pretty athletic in the field too…

Ben Stokes: England's own Superman
Ben Stokes: England’s own Superman

He shines in the shorter forms – but is a proper Test cricketer…

Ben Stokes: A knight in white
Ben Stokes: A knight in white

He’s pretty cool…

Ben Stokes: Wears a tattoo well
Ben Stokes: Wears a tattoo well

But can also play the fool…

Ben Stokes: A cheeky chap
Ben Stokes: A cheeky chap

Finally, he knows how to work the crowd…

Ben Stokes: A firm favourite with fans
Ben Stokes: A firm favourite with fans

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