By far, England’s premier all-rounder Ben Stokes enjoyed a great time in the year 2019. Stokes won the Player of the Match award in the final of the 2019 World Cup at the Lord’s for his brilliant knock under pressure. He played yet another stunning match-winning knock against Australia in the 2019 Ashes at the Headingley. In the recent development, the Wisden Almanack has named Ben Stokes as the leading cricketer of the year for 2019.
"Ben Stokes pulled off the performance of a lifetime - twice in the space of a few weeks. First, with a mixture of outrageous talent and good fortune, he rescued England's run-chase in the World Cup final, before helping to hit 15 off the super over. Then, in the Third Ashes Test at Headingley, he produced one of the great innings, smashing an unbeaten 135 to pinch a one-wicket win," quoted Wisden’s editor Lawrence Booth.
"Last year, these pages urged [Stokes] to rediscover his mongrel as a matter of national urgency. He did, and more: in the World Cup final and the Headingley Test, he was playing fantasy cricket. In between came an Ashes hundred at Lord's - normally a career highlight, scarcely a tremor on the Stokesograph. When England stumbled during the World Cup, losing to Sri Lanka and Australia, he stood tall. Without him, this Almanack might have been another English hard-luck story. Instead, it's a celebration. Stokes is their all-weather cricketer, a giant come rain or shine. The next few years should be fun," he added.
Australian Women’s team all-rounder Ellyse Perry has been named the leading Woman of the Year. The Aussie all-rounder also won the same award in 2016. She was in a great former throughout the year both with the bat and ball, scoring 441 runs at an average of 73.5 in ODIs and 267 runs in T20Is. Perry also claimed 21 and 14 wickets in ODIs and T20Is respectively. West Indies’ swashbuckling all-rounder Andre Russell won the leading T20 player of the year award.
Along with Jofra Archer, Marnus Labuschagne, Simon Harmer and Pat Cummins, Perry was also named as one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year. Both Archer and Labuschagne had a great season for their respective teams as they made an excellent impact in international cricket in their respective departments. On the other hand, Cummins finished as the leading wicket-taker in Test cricket.
"Jofra Archer had an unprecedented impact in his first summer as an international cricketer," Booth said. "He showed astonishing poise to bowl the super over that delivered England the World Cup, then produced some of the quickest and most memorable spells in recent Ashes history, knocking over Steve Smith at Lord's, and finishing the series with 22 wickets at just 20 apiece.”
"Pat Cummins was a constant menace as Australia retained the Ashes in England for the first time since 2001," noted Booth. "He was fast, hostile, accurate - and rarely without a smile. His haul of 29 wickets was the most in a series by a bowler not taking a five-for. He looked what he was: No 1 in the world. Marnus Labuschagne began his Ashes as a curio, becoming Test cricket's first concussion substitute, and finished it as Australia's best batsman behind Smith, having ticked off four successive half-centuries. That followed a prolific stint with Glamorgan, where he notched 1,114 Championship runs at 65. Later in the year, he averaged 112 in the Australian summer."
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