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

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

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

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