Six facts about England's six wicket-taking Ashes debutant Ben Stokes

England's Ben Stokes celebrates taking his sixth wicket. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

England bowler Ben Stokes has claimed six wickets in the Fifth Ashes Test against Australia, as the tourists bid to avoid an embarrassing 5-0 whitewash.

The 22-year-old took the key wickets of Australian captain Michael Clarke and Steve Smith, who scored 115 runs, as England bowled out their opponents for 326.

Here are six facts about England's Ashes debutant:

England celebrate as Ben Stokes takes his fifth wicket. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

1. Despite his Cumbrian accent, Stokes was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, and lived there until he was 12-years-old.

He moved to the UK because his father, Gerard, who was a former New Zealand Rugby League player, was appointed as head coach of Workington Town.

2. In February this year, Stokes and bowler Matt Coles, who were touring Australia with the England Lions, were sent home for persistent late-night drinking.

Stokes and Matt Coles (pictured) were sent home from the tour of Australia. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive

3. The 22-year-old all-rounder plays for Durham and bowls right-arm fast-medium pace but bats left-handed.

4. In his third legal delivery in senior professional cricket he took the wicket of former England international and Strictly Come Dancing winner Mark Ramprakash.

His first wicket in senior cricket was Strictly Come Dancing winner Mark Ramprakash. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

5. Stokes clashed with Australia's wicketkeeper Brad Haddin on his England Test debut. The Australian made a comment to Stokes after the bowler had the batsman caught behind, only for the replay to show it was a no ball.

Stokes clashed with Australia's Brad Haddin during the Second Ashes Test. Credit: DAVE HUNT/AAP

Umpire Marais Erasmus was forced to step in and separate the two cricketers.

6. He is a keen tweeter (@benstokes38) and often gives an insight into the life of a professional cricketer. In his biography on the social media site he says he is a "wannabe golfer" and lists Nandos as an interest.

Here is an example of some of his tweets: