Ben Stokes was born in New Zealand but he came to England at the age of 12 and is playing international cricket for this country.
Ben Stokes has recently said goodbye to ODI cricket. (File Pic)
Former New Zealand captain Ross Taylor is in the news these days due to his autobiography. Many secrets are coming out from this book of his. Now another secret has come out from this. These Secrets England’s Test Captain Ben Stokes is about. Taylor has told in his book that Stokes wanted to play international cricket for New Zealand. Let us tell you that Stokes was born in New Zealand itself. His father has played rugby for New Zealand.
Stokes came to England when he was 12 years old because his father Gerard Stokes had received a coaching offer. When Stokes’ father died a few years ago, he had gone to New Zealand. Stokes was born in Christchurch. He made his debut for England in 2011. Then he was 20 years old. He played his first Test match in the 2013 Ashes series against Australia. He has recently been made the captain of England’s Test team after the resignation of Joe Root.
Taylor has told in his book that when Stokes was 18-19 years old, he asked Stokes to play for the Kiwi team. excerpts from this book Stuff. co.NZ are printed in. Taylor wrote, “He was 18-19 years old and very much like a New Zealand player. I asked him if he wanted to play in New Zealand. He was very keen, so I told New Zealand Cricket CEO Justin Vaughan that Stokes is a great young cricketer and wants to play for New Zealand.
Vaughn did not show interest
Taylor told that Vaughn had not taken much interest in it. He said that Stokes will have to start with domestic cricket, he will not be fast-tracked for the national team. He wrote, “Vaughan replied that he has to start with domestic cricket and then we will see where he goes. I told him again that we have to offer him more than this because if we ask him to start from the beginning, he will not be interested. Nothing could happen again.”
Taylor further wrote, “Ben Stokes was serious about playing for New Zealand, but New Zealand cricket had to take a decision comfortably and give him concrete assurances which Vaughan was not ready to give.”