Ben Stokes awarded PCA player of the year

Ben Stokes has been voted as Professional Cricketers’ Association Player of the year.

The 28-year old England’s all-rounder also played splendidly and helped the country win its first World Cup in summer this year. Furthermore, he was unbeaten at 135 and won the third Ashes Test against Australia at Headingley.

“You take a lot of personal pride when you receive this award because it’s your peers that vote for you,” said Stoke on winning the award.  “Earning this award is a huge moment and something I am very gracious of.”

Ben Stokes earlier also won the young player of the year in 2013. For the PCA award, Stokes competed with fellow nominees Gloucestershire all-rounder Ryan Higgins, Simon Harmer of Essex and Warwickshire opener Dom Sibley.

In the World Cup Final, Stokes made 84 not out. He was further also chosen to bat in the tie-breaking super over. When the super-over was also a tie, England won because the team had hit more boundaries in comparison.

Stokes’ performance in the third test which happened six weeks later was also remarkable. The team needed 73 runs and Stokes along with Jack Leach played splendidly against Australia, leading the team to a one-wicket victory.

“While this is an individual award, it is within a team sport so I am only in this position because of what other guys in our squad have achieved as well,” said Stokes.

“What we have done as a team in 2019 is phenomenal. To win the World Cup and draw the Ashes has been a fantastic summer and something I am proud of personally and as a team.”