6. Ben Stokes. England.

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An English cricketer with a large heart always did wonders for their cause. Sir Ian Botham, for example, was one such player who single-handedly played stellar innings for his country and when it was the most needed. Ben Stokes is seen as another. With a calm head over his shoulders, the man from Durham played his first series in the 2013 defeat of the Ashes in Australia. Ben Stokes showed heart and his fighting spirit at the WACA in Perth, when Mitchell Johnson and Co, were rampant. His 195 ball 120 in the second innings, made him seem as if he was playing on another track. England lost the game but had unearthed a hero. Ben Stokes went on play crucial roles in the New Zealand home series and then in the triumphant Ashes campaign at home. With 228 and 201 runs respectively in those series, Stokes also picked 4 and 11 wickets in his most successful part of his career so far. Stokes is a useful player in limited overs cricket big time, as his 32 wickets and 544 runs, striking at 86.21 so far in his 34 games. Ben Stokes is probably one of the most exciting all-rounders in world cricket today. If the potential actually unravels, it could be good times for English cricket.


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