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Ben Stokes Signs 3 Year Contract Extension with Durham: England all-rounder Ben Stokes signs a new three-year contract extension with Durham and will remain as the Durham player at least until the end of the 2024 season.
Ben Stokes Signs 3 Year Contract Extension with Durham
He has made three County Championship appearances for Durham in the past five years, the most recent against Warwickshire at Edgbaston in July when he bowled in the first innings before being called up for England one-day duty.
“I am delighted to commit to a further three years with Durham,” Stokes said. “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 won the County Championship with Durham in 2013 and was man of the match in their 2014 One-Day Cup triumph. With Stokes currently involved in the Ashes series 2021-22 against Australia and likely to continue to be part of the national set-up, opportunities with Durham may be limited.
Marcus North on Signing Ben Stokes
Durham’s Director of Cricket, Marcus North added: “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 three years.”
Ben Stokes Takes Indefinite Break from Cricket
Earlier this year Ben Stokes has taken an indefinite break from all forms of cricket with immediate effect owing to mental health issues.
“Stokes has withdrawn from England’s Test squad ahead of the LV= Insurance Test series against India starting next week to prioritise his mental well-being and to rest his left index finger, which has not fully healed since his return to competitive cricket earlier this month,” ECB said.
Much of Stokes’ rehabilitation work ahead of his comeback was done at the Riverside, where he made his County Championship debut against Essex in 2010. He has since gone on to play 64 first-class matches for the club, scoring 3611 runs, with a best of 185 against Lancashire.