Ben Stokes has been named men’s cricketer of the year in the International Cricket Council’s 2019 awards.
Stokes’ incredible performances in the World Cup, not least in the Lord’s final, and his unforgettable match-winning century in the Ashes Test at Headingley saw him land the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy.
Accepting the award, voted for by members of the media and former players, Stokes said: “The past 12 months have been incredible for England cricket and to lift the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup for the first time was our greatest achievement.
“This award is testament to my team-mates and the support staff that have been there every step of the way. Fundamentally, without the support of these individuals, we would have never achieved our objective of lifting a major trophy.”
Stokes and his England colleagues have since turned their attention to red-ball cricket, and will contest the third Test of their series against South Africa in Port Elizabeth on Thursday.
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