Powerful, resilient, determined, a team-player, mercurial individual and inspiring leader, Ben is capable of turning games with his batting, his bowling and in the field. He is, quite simply, the modern’s games greatest all-rounder.
Ben debuted for Durham at 17 and dismissed Mark Ramprakash with his third legal delivery in senior cricket. In April 2011, he took 6/68 and scored a brilliant CC Div One hundred that included five sixes in an over.
He was a key member of the Durham side that won the 2013 County Championship, and was named Man of the Match in the final of the 2014 Royal London One-Day Cup Final, having scored 38* and taken two wickets against Warwickshire.
In 2015, he scored the fastest ever Test century at Lord's v New Zealand and in the 2015-16 tour of South Africa, earned the world record for most runs in an innings at number six, scoring 258. It was the fastest England double-hundred in history and the second fastest of all time. The performances were just a sign of things to come and in 2019, come they did.
In the opening match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Ben made 89 runs from 79 balls v South Africa; his catch to dismiss Andile Phehlukwayo has been described as ‘one of the greatest catches of all time’. In the group stage, he went on to score three further half centuries.
It was his crucial 84* in the final v New Zealand though that will live long in the memory (before batting through the super over to help England to a famously dramatic victory). He was named in the ‘Team of the Tournament’.
Ben’s form continued in the 2019 Ashes series. His now famous innings of 135*, in a successful pursuit of 359, was described as the Greatest Hundred of the Decade by Wisden and the ‘greatest ever played by an Englishman’ by Alistair Cook. His efforts earned him the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, and ICC Player of the Year for 2019.
Ben was named England Captain in June 2020 for the Test series against the West Indies. In the first Test, he become only the sixth cricketer to score 4,000 runs and take 150 wickets. In the first innings of the second Test, he scored 176 runs, to record his tenth century in Test cricket.
Perhaps his proudest moment came on Thursday April 28th 2022, when the ECB announced that Ben would lead England as their new Test Captain.
Ben is currently using the following bat dimensions:
Swell depth = 65mm
Edge depth = 39mm
Weight between 2.10lb -2.11lb