England cricket star Ben Stokes has been named alongside Australia Women’s player Ellyse Perry as Wisden’s leading cricketers in the world, writes ANDRE HUISAMEN.
The awards series was published on Wednesday as part of the annual Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, which gives credit to the best cricketers in the world.
Stokes’ heroics in last year’s World Cup final, which handed England a maiden victory after beating New Zealand in the final with a super over, as well his incredible match-winning century against Australia in the third Ashes Test match at Headingley, had him walking away with the accolade.
Despite the adversity he faced a few years ago after being criminally charged for punching a man during a street brawl in 2017, Stokes’ performances on the field have developed him into one of the most feared players in the world.
— Wisden Almanack (@WisdenAlmanack) April 8, 2020
Capable of winning matches with both bat and ball, Stokes has become a key figure in the England team with his consistency across all three formats.
Perry starred for the Australia Women’s team on their way to a remarkable fifth Women’s T20 World Cup crown earlier this year.
Despite missing the semi-final and final of the competition with an injury, the 29-year-old has often been recognised as arguably Australia’s best sportswoman.
With more than a 100 T20 caps to her name, Perry’s all-round capabilities have added much value to the Australians over the last year.