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Ben Stokes did not want to play for England

Ben Stokes did not want to play for England

The former New Zealand cricketer Ross Taylor has revealed that England’s all-rounder Ben Stokes wanted to play for the Black Caps in his initial cricketing days. Stokes, a new Zealander by birth, always wanted to represent his motherland.

The all-rounder who played a crucial role to lift World Cup 2019 for England, spent first 12 years of his life in Christchurch. Later, the family went to UK. Exploring his love for cricket, Stokes made his one-day debut in domestic cricket in 2009 for Durham and managed a wicket of world-class batter, Mark Ramprakash.

Taylor, the ex-New Zealand batter, while speaking in his Autobiography book, has revealed that he tried to convince Stokes to play for the Black Caps after he made his debut for Durham. According to the retired cricketer, Stokes was sincere to serve his birth country.

“He was 18 or 19 and very much a Kiwi. Over a Guinness, I asked him if he wanted to come and play in New Zealand. He was keen so I sent a message to New Zealand Cricket CEO Justin Vaughan saying this guy Stokes was a really good young cricketer and interested in playing for New Zealand,”

“Ben was sincere about playing for New Zealand but NZC would’ve had to have acted swiftly and decisively and given him some pretty solid assurances, which Vaughan clearly wasn’t prepared to do.”

After enjoying worthy stats in domestic circuit, he immediately got eyes of the England’s selectors and made his One-Day International debut against Ireland in 2011. He played his first t20I in the same year against West Indies. Later, becoming 658th England cricketer to feature in Test cricket, he was selected in the Ashes 2013-14 squad and got the debut in the second match.

Stokes, who was named England’s Test captain after Joe Root’s resignation, has retired from ODI cricket after a successful tenure. He feels he will take the best out of him in the remaining formats, free from burden.

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