Ben Stokes ‘delighted’ to sign three-year extension with Durham

The England all-rounder will be playing county cricket for Durham until the end of the 2024 season after agreeing a three-year contract extension.

Due to international fixtures and Indian Premier League duties, Stokes' appearances for the club have been fleeting.

Nevertheless, the 30-year-old was thrilled to put pen to paper on a new deal for the county, whose triumphs in the 2013 County Championship and the following year's One-Day Cup owed much to Stokes' contributions with bat and ball.

"I am delighted to commit to a further three years with Durham," he said. "I have had some fantastic memories playing for the club over the years and I look forward to experiencing more of this in the future."

Stokes played a handful of games for the club last summer before aborting a comeback from surgery on a broken index finger because of lingering pain in his left hand and to focus on his mental wellbeing.

But he has recently returned to action for England as they look to regain the Ashes from Australia this winter and the news of him pledging his future to Durham has been welcomed by the club's director of cricket Marcus North.

"We are extremely happy that Ben has agreed his future to Durham for a further three years," North said. "Ben is one of the finest players in the world.

"While we may not see him as much as we would like his influence around the club remains huge. It's fantastic to see Ben back fit and well following his time away from the game and now back playing for England in the Ashes."

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