Ben Stokes crowns incredible summer of World Cup and Ashes heroics with PCA Players' Player of the Year award
Ben Stokes ended a remarkable summer by being named the Professional Cricketers' Association players' player of the year on Wednesday night.
Stokes, who struck an unbeaten 84 in the final against New Zealand on the way to England's maiden World Cup title and then crashed a barely-believable 135 not out to keep the Ashes alive at Headingley, picked up the Reg Hayter Cup at the players' union's 50th annual awards ceremony.
'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,' the 28-year-old said.
Ben Stokes has capped a remarkable summer with the PCA Players' Player of the Year award
'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.'
Somerset's Twenty20-cap-in-waiting Tom Banton and Sophie Ecclestone, the England left-arm spinner, won the young player and women's player awards respectively.
Stokes hit an unbeaten 84 to lead England to World Cup glory at Lord's earlier this summer
In August he hit an incredible 135 not out to win an astonishing Ashes Test at Headingley