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Ben Stokes crowned Wisden's leading cricketer in the world

LONDON: Ben Stokes has ended Virat Kohli's three-year reign as Wisden's main cricketer on the planet after playing a starring function in England's World Cup win final year.

The 2020 Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, printed on Thursday, crowns the swashbuckling all-rounder as the game's pre-eminent participant.

He is the primary England participant to obtain the consideration since Andrew Flintoff in 2005.

The 28-year-old received the man-of-the-match award in the World Cup ultimate in opposition to New Zealand at Lord's after which produced a exceptional match-winning innings of 135 now not out in the 3rd Ashes Test in opposition to Australia.

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"Ben Stokes pulled off the performance of a lifetime -- twice in the space of a few weeks," mentioned Wisden editor Lawrence Booth.

"First, with a mix of outrageous skill and good fortune, he rescued England's run-chase in the World Cup ultimate, prior to serving to to hit 15 off the super over.

"Then, in the 3rd Ashes Test at Headingley, he produced some of the great innings, smashing an unbeaten 135 to pinch a one-wicket win.

"Against red ball or white, he was a force of nature."

Stokes in January received the International Cricket Council's participant of the year award.

England pace bowler Jofra Archer, who bowled the super over in the World Cup ultimate, is among Wisden's five cricketers of the year.

Australians Pat Cummins, Marnus Labuschagne and Ellyse Perry were named alongside Archer, in addition to South Africa-born Essex off-spinner Simon Harmer.

Perry additionally reclaimed the main women's cricketer on the planet title from India's Smriti Mandhana.

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