Cricket player Stokes honored
LONDON (AFP) — England all-rounder Ben Stokes was voted Players’ Player of the Year at the Professional Cricketers’ Association awards on Wednesday.
Stokes played a starring role in England’s first 50-over World Cup triumph, culminating in his dynamic man-of-the-match display in their dramatic final win against New Zealand in July.
The 28-year-old then repeated his heroics with a superb match-winning 135 not out in the third Ashes Test against Australia.
While Australia retained the Ashes, England finished the series with a creditable draw.
Durham’s Stokes was honoured for those achievements by scooping the Reg Hayter Cup ahead of fellow nominees Simon Harmer, Ryan Higgins and Dom Sibley.
“It’s hard to put it into words. I am over the moon that players think I am worthy of winning the PCA Players’ Player of the Year through performances this summer,” Stokes said.
“You can take a lot of personal pride when you receive this award because it’s your peers that vote for you.