Ben Stokes has dedicated to Durham on a three-year contract extension, which is able to hold him on the membership till 2021.
Stokes, 27, has been an rare presence within the Durham staff lately, together with his busy worldwide schedule limiting him to simply two Championship fixtures and a handful of T20 Blast outings since 2016.
Nonetheless, he started his profession on the membership in 2009 and stays a proud image of the expertise that the membership has introduced by means of its youth system within the 27 years because it attained first-class standing.
“I really like taking part in for Durham and am delighted to be signing a brand new long-term deal the place I learnt my commerce,” Stokes mentioned.
“I am very enthusiastic about serving to Durham compete on the high degree and, if I’m given any alternatives to play this season, I’ll give the whole lot to the membership.
“It is an thrilling time at Durham, particularly with the rebrand of the membership this winter and having a brand new coach, chief govt and sporting director in cost.”
Stokes, who has performed 52 Checks and 79 ODIs in his worldwide profession so far, will probably be a key determine in England’s quest to win each the World Cup and the Ashes in the middle of the approaching season.
He’s at present in India, taking part in for Rajasthan Royals within the Indian Premier League.
“Ben is a shining instance of what our younger gamers can obtain with onerous work and dedication to go alongside expertise,” Durham chief govt Tim Bostock mentioned.
“He’s now within the prime of his profession and, whereas we might not see him as a lot as we want over the following 12 months, his affect stays enormous across the membership.”