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Ben Stokes Awarded Wisden’s Leading Cricketer In The World

"First, with a mixture of outrageous talent and good fortune, he rescued England's run-chase in the World Cup final, before helping to hit 15 off the super over.

Ben Stokes has placed a stop to Virat Kohli’s three-year reign as Wisden’s leading cricketer in the world after putting up a brilliant performance in a starring role in England’s World Cup win last year.

The 2020 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, which was published on Thursday, launched Ben Stokes as cricket’s pre-eminent player.

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Ben Stokes is the first England player to receive the world recognition honour after Andrew Flintoff in 2005.

The 28-year-old professional won the man-of-the-match award in the World Cup final against New Zealand at Lord’s and then put up remarkable match-winning innings of 135 not out in the third Ashes Test against Australia.

“Ben Stokes pulled off the performance of a lifetime — twice in the space of a few weeks,” said Wisden editor Lawrence Booth.

“First, with a mixture of outrageous talent and good fortune, he rescued England’s run-chase in the World Cup final, before helping to hit 15 off the super over.

“Then, in the third Ashes Test at Headingley, he produced one of the great innings, smashing an unbeaten 135 to pinch a one-wicket win.

“Against red ball or white, he was a force of nature.”

Ben Stokes career seems to be taking a new turn as he won the International Cricket Council’s player of the year award in January.

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England pace bowler Jofra Archer, who bowled the super over in the World Cup final, is among Wisden’s five cricketers of the year.

Australians Pat Cummins, Marnus Labuschagne and Ellyse Perry were named alongside Archer, including South Africa-born Essex off-spinner Simon Harmer.

Ellyse Perry moved forward by reclaiming the leading women’s cricketer in the world crown from India’s Smriti Mandhana.

ViaAFP
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Alice Campbell is a highly skilled and experienced royal writer, currently working with SurgeZirc UK. With a passion for journalism and a keen interest in the royal family, Alice has established herself as a prominent figure in the field.
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