Stokes takes Worcestershire’s Josh Baker for 34 more runs – five sixes and a four – to complete a stunning 64-ball cent in the County Championship; the all-rounder shoots at No 6, the place he will now return to when England start their summer test against New Zealand at Lord’s on June 2
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New England Tests captain Ben Stokes broke a County Championship record 17 sixes by scoring a stunning 161 from just 88 balls in his first appearance of the LV=Insurance County Championship season for Durham.
Stokes beat Worcestershire left-arm spinner Josh Baker for five straight sixes at New Road to bring a hundred 64-balls shortly before lunch, adding four more to end a 34-ball run for the player 18 years old. bowler.
To open the afternoon session, six more lifted Stokes’ 150 and soon after he surpassed the previous record of 15 sixes held jointly by Andrew Symonds and Graham Napier.
Stokes has been playing from the No.6 spot, where he confirmed earlier this week that he will move to the England Test side in a move he believes is “the best for the team”.
The all-rounder succeeds Joe Root as England skipper and takes over a side with just one win in their last 17 Tests, 11 of which have ended in defeat.
That meager run saw them drop to sixth in the ICC Test standings and their lowest mark in 27 years.
Stokes – whose captaincy begins against New Zealand at Lord’s on June 2 – told the press on Tuesday: “To be completely realistic, winning one game in 17 is nowhere near enough for the people we have.
“We can look at that and go for it, there’s only one thing to do, which is in place.
“We haven’t been good enough. It’s not a dig for any individual because I’ve been part of it. As a team we know we haven’t been good enough, we haven’t played at the level that we know we can.
“It’s about figuring this out and fixing it, but we have to understand that things aren’t going to happen overnight. I can’t expect it to click and all of a sudden we’re #1 in a year.
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“I’m very excited to make the England test team great again. That’s one of my big goals.
“A great starting point for me on the pitch is that I want to have selfless cricketers who make decisions based on what they can do to win a game in a given time frame.
“Ultimately you are judged on games won. That has always been the most important thing to me. The decisions I make are based on what is the best thing to do to give us a chance.
“I want to have 10 other guys with me who have that mindset.”