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Fastest Lord’s ton and Headingley Ashes heroics – Ben Stokes’ best Test moments

The all-rounder has had some days to remember in whites.


Ben Stokes joins the 100 Test club this week in the more unlikely surroundings of Rajkot as England get back to business in India following a week off.

A headline-grabbing career has brought more peaks than troughs and, here, the PA news agency looks at the England captain’s best Test moments ahead of his landmark appearance.

120 v Australia – Perth, December 2013

Mitchel Johnson and Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes, right, took the attack to the Aussies in 2013 (Anthony Devlin/PA)

101 v New Zealand – Lord’s, May 2015

Alastair Cook and Ben Stokes
Stokes, right, smashed New Zealand around Lord’s in 2015 (Nigel FRench/PA)

Six for 36 v Australia – Trent Bridge, August 2015

England celebrate
Stokes did the damage with the ball in Nottingham in 2015 (Mike Egerton/PA)

135 not out v Australia – Headingley, August 2019

Stokes’ magnum opus came six weeks after his scarcely-credible heroics in the 2019 World Cup and a year and a week after being acquitted of affray in a Bristol court case that threatened to overshadow his career. After England were skittled for a miserly 67, Stokes, perhaps seeking to atone for his loose shot, first bowled himself into the ground to take three for 56 then roused the hosts in a then national record chase of 359. Watchful at first before exploding with just number 11 Jack Leach for company, Stokes kept the Ashes alive and sent Headingley into raptures with a knock for the ages.

103 v South Africa – Emirates Old Trafford, August 2022

Ben Stokes
Stokes produced a fine knock in Manchester in 2022 (Nick Potts/PA)
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