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Ben Stokes becomes first English player since 2005 to be named Wisden’s Leading Cricketer

Ben Stokes has been named as the leading Cricketer in the World in the 2020 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, after a remarkable 2019 in which he guided England to their maiden World Cup title before producing one of the great Test innings to beat Australia in the Headingley Ashes Test.

Stokes succeeds India’s Virat Kohli, who had been honoured by Wisden for three years running, and becomes the first English player since Andrew Flintoff in 2005 to be considered the best contemporary player in the world.

Australia’s all rounder Ellyse Perry was named as the leading woman player in the world, an honour she also attained in 2016, and was also named as one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year – the Almanack’s oldest and most prestigious honour, which represents a tradition dating back to 1889. She is the seventh women’s cricketer to pick up the honour, and the first from overseas. West Indies’ Andre Russell was named as the leading T20 player in the world.

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