England’s all rounder Ben Stokes has offically been named as the World player of the year by the International Cricket Council yesterday after a season which saw him also named man of the match in the World Cup Final.
After helping England to that dramatic victory over New Zealand in July, he also helped himself to an unbeaten 135 against Australia in England’s brilliant final day victory over Australia at Headingly in August and n December became the first Cricketer since Andrew Flintoff to be named the BBC Sports Personality of the year.
Stokes who recently missed the first test against South Africa after his fathered Stokes a former New Zealand Rugby League International became seriously ill, before coming back to play a major role in the second test victory was told the news as he prepares for the upcoming third test against South Africa on Thursday with the score currently tied at one game each out of four, Stokes told the BBC;
“The last 12 months have been the best in my career, there is an incredible bond between team-mates. It is satisfying you can accomplish these superb highs together.”
Despite England’s World Cup success Stokes was the only English name in in International Cricket councils test team of the year, although he was joined by team mate Jos Butler when the one day team of year was annouced.
Other awards went to Australian pace bowler Pat Cummins who picked up the Test Player of the year award after playing a significant part in helping the Australian’s win back the Ashes on English soil, while India’s Rohit Sharma took the title of One day player of the Year.
India’s Captain Virat Kohli was handed the ‘Spirit of Cricket award’ for asking fans not to Boo Australian batsman Steve Smith during their World Cup Match at the Oval during the Summer. Smith was making his return from a year long ban for his part in the Ball tampering scandal 12 months earlier.