Stevens joined Kent for the start of the 2005 season on a two-year contract after being released by Leicestershire, where he had spent eight years.
He was a member of the England academy squad in 2002/03 and was selected in the last 30 to represent England for the 2003 World Cup.
He is a clean-striking middle-order batsman who can fill in with his right-arm medium-pace deliveries.
His first season at Kent proved a huge success and he was the seventh highest run-scorer in Division One of the championship with 1,277 at an average of 49.11.
Stevens was ever-present in both four and one-day teams in a summer that also saw him win his county cap and he was the resounding winner of Kent's player of the year award.
His good form continued into 2007 when he played in 11 championship matches, scoring 628 runs - including a top score of 174 - and took 12 wickets.
He topped the county's bowling averages in the NatWest Pro40 with seven wickets at 12.57 apiece, and was second in the batting list with 172 runs at 57.33.
He also helped Kent to Twenty20 Cup glory with 127 runs and six wickets in the campaign.
2008 was less successful. Stevens did well in Kent’s Twenty20 campaign, averaging 33.
And he certainly enjoyed batting with Martin van Jaarsveld, scoring an unbeaten 119 in a stand of 216 with the South African to beat Surrey in the Friends Provident Trophy.
He scored a single championship century, 127, again in tandem with van Jaarsveld in a partnership of 210.
Stevens narrowly missed out on winning the Twenty20 Cup for a record third time in 2008, when the Spitfires lost to Middlesex in the final at the Rose Bowl. He had won the title in 2004 with Leicestershire and 2007 with Kent.
The 2009 season saw Stevens return to form with 1,050 first-class runs at an average of 50. He also averaged 59 in the Twenty20 Cup.
Stevens fell narrowly short of 1,000 championship runs in 2010 and also enjoyed his most successful season to date with the ball, taking 28 wickets at 27.
He also plundered regular runs in limited-overs cricket and was rewarded with a call-up to England’s provisional 30-man squad for the 2011 World Cup, although he was not in the final 15-man party.