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Top 5 England batsmen with most Test sixes

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England, the birthplace of cricket, has a rich heritage when it comes to the Gentleman's Game, having been associated with the sport since the very first officially recognized Test match against Australia, back in 1877.

They have played more Test matches than any other team in history and is, in fact, just 5 matches short of the landmark of 1000 Test matches.

They have contributed many world-class players to the sport and continue to do so, as one of the leading member nations of the ICC.

The likes of Walter Hammond, Jack Hobbs, Fred Trueman, and Ian Botham have given way to modern greats like James Anderson, Alastair Cook and Joe Root, and with a very strong domestic structure in place, there is no doubt that England will continue to produce players of the highest quality.

While the England limited-overs sides have transformed their game into a more aggressive approach since the 2015 World Cup debacle, the Test side has remained more or less true to their traditional self, with players taking the aerial route a rare sight, when compared to the other international sides.

Still, there have been some maverick players who were an exception to the rule and were not shy about going for the big hits, even in the longest format of the game.

Let's have a look at the Top 5 English batsmen with most Test sixes beginning with the only active player in the list and one who has the capability to reach all the way up to the top if he manages to get his career back on track.

#5 Ben Stokes

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Stokes holds the England record for most sixes (11) in a Test innings - scored against South Africa in 2016

The 26-year-old Durham all-rounder seemingly had the world at his feet before it all came crashing down one day after a late night altercation at a Bristol nightclub.

He has not played international cricket since and is still awaiting the fate of the course of law as he hopes to get his promising career back on track.

Arguably, England's most valuable player at the moment, Stokes proved to be an integral member of the side under Joe Root's captaincy, with his effectiveness with both bat and bowl.

One major facet of his batting was his aggressive nature, which took the game away from the opposition in no time and with 6 Test centuries in 39 matches, Stokes has proved that he has the class and composure to build an innings to go along with his big-hitting skills.

He has 39 sixes in his Test career already, 11 of which came during his blistering knock of 258 against South Africa at Cape Town in January 2016 - an English record.

Stokes has all the time in the world to top this particular list by the time he calls time on his career but it all depends on what course the law takes and how well he is able to handle himself in the future.

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