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Stokes accepts top ICC player award

15th January 2020, 13:41 by Simon Barlow

Ben Stokes has become only the third England player to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy as the ICC Player of the Year for 2019.

Two outstanding innings last summer marked him out as England's most important player as he smashed an unbeaten 135 to lead his team to an improbable victory in the third Ashes Test at Headingley a month after his match-winning knock of 84 in the World Cup Final.

The 29-year-old, the third English player to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy after Andrew Flintoff in 2005 and Jonathan Trott in 2011, paid tribute to his team-mates and the support he has received from the coaches after accepting the award.

"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," he said.

"This award is testament to my teammates and the support staff that have been there every step of the way. Fundamentally, without the support of these individuals, we would never achieved our objective of lifting a major trophy.

"There is an incredible bond between teammates and to savour our achievements, whether that's winning the World Cup Final at Lord's or digging deep to win a Test match against Australia at Headingley. It is satisfying you can accomplish these superb highs together.

"The last 12 months have been the best in my career, and I believe what we attained will be the catalyst to achieve further success over the next few years."

The all-rounder has also been named in the ICC Men's Test Team of the Year and ODI Team of the Year, where he has joined be fellow World Cup winner Jos Buttler.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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