Ben Stokes controversies

December 2011

Stokes had already made his one-day and T20 debuts for England when he was arrested, and later cautioned, for a obstructing police on a pre-Christmas night out. As he was not centrally contracted, the ECB did not get involved in the incident, but Durham said in a statement: "Durham CCC takes any matter that potentially brings the club into disrepute very seriously and will invoke internal discipline procedures where appropriate."

February 2013

Alongside team-mate Matt Coles, Stokes was unceremoniously sent home from an England Lions tour of Australia after flouting rules on drinking. Lions coach David Parsons said at the time: "On a very challenging tour to Australia, both Matt and Ben have ignored the instructions given to them around their match preparation and recovery. Following previous warnings, it is regrettable that it has been necessary to terminate their involvement in the tour." Stokes later said the incident helped him become a more professional player and increased his determination to prove he had the temperament for international cricket.

March 2014

The all-rounder was ruled out of the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh after breaking his right hand during a one-day international in Barbados. He would not be the first batsman to suffer a fracture on duty in the Caribbean but this was a self-inflicted blow, coming after he punched a locker in response to being run out for a duck. The incident stunted his upward trajectory at international level and he still blanches at the memory.

June 2016

After being caught speeding for the fourth time, Stokes was summoned to Northallerton Magistrates Court, where he was fined £830 and warned a further offence within the next six months could lead to a prison sentence. His counsel said in court: " He is very much aware that this sends out the wrong message, that a professional sportsman has been captured speeding on four separate occasions."

August 2017

After a stump mic picked up Stokes' swearing during the Headingley Test against the West Indies, he pleaded guilty to a breach of the ICC disciplinary code and received one demerit point. That took his total to three - one away from an international ban.

  File photo dated 01-06-2017 of England's Ben Stokes.
File photo dated 01-06-2017 of England's Ben Stokes.