England cricketer Ben Stokes was crowned as the 2019 BBC Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday evening. The 28-year-old had an amazing year. Not only did he help England to win the World Cup, he helped the Test side to tie the Ashes series 2-2, a series during which, he played one of the greatest innings of all time at Headingley. In honour of Stokes being crowned as the SPOTY, we’ve taken a look at his career in pictures.
A young Ben Stokes poses for a portrait ahead of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup back in January 2010.
Stokes makes his England debut in a One-Day International against Ireland in Dublin back in August 2011.
Stokes made his England T20 debut a few weeks later in a clash against the West Indies.
Stokes, having not played for England in 2012, was selected for the 2013/14 Ashes Tour. He made his debut in the Second Test. His first Test wicket was that of Australia captain Michael Clarke.
First Test Century
Stokes made his first Test century for England in the second innings of the Third Test, scoring 120 runs off 195.
Stokes too his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket during the first innings of the Fifth Test. He took 6-99, including the wickets of Clarke and Steve Smith.
England’s quickest ever Test 100
After a disappointing 2014, which saw him left out of England’s World Cup squad, Stokes was looking to cement his place in the England team in 2015. After scoring 92 in the first innings of the 2015 Lord’s Test against New Zealand, he hit a record-breaking century in the second. He hit England’s quickest ever Test 100, reaching his century in just 85 balls.
258 against South Africa
Stokes hit an incredible 258 against South Africa during England’s tour of the country in 2015. He hit an unbelievable 30 fours and 11 sixes and reached 200 from just 178 balls; he second fastest double century in the history of test cricket.
World T20 heartbreak
England made it to the final of the World T20, in which Stokes was asked to bowl the last over, defending 19 runs to win the trophy. However, things went badly wrong as he was hot for four consecutive sixes hit all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, meaning West Indies won the trophy.
First ODI Century
In October 2016, Stokes hit his first ODI century as he scored 101 to help England in the first match of the series.
2017 Champions Trophy Team of the Tournament
A third ODI century, against Australia, was Stokes’ stand-out performance of the 2017 Champions Trophy, where he was named in the Team of the Tournament.
2019 World Cup vs. South Africa
Stokes had quite the game in the 2019 World Cup opener against South Africa. With the bat, he scored 89 runs from 79 balls. With the ball, he claimed two wickets and in the field, he ran out Dwaine Pretorius and took two catches as England romped to victory. His catch to dismiss Andile Phehlukwayo was one of the greatest catches of all time.
World Cup final
Stokes was the main man again in the final, as England won by the slimmest of margins. He hit an unbeaten 84 to force a super-over. He then batted in that over and helped England set a score of 15. New Zealand matched that score but lost the game on the boundary count-back rule, meaning England were crowned World Cup Winners for the first time.
‘THAT’ innings at Headingley
When England were bowled out for just 68 in the first innings of the Third Ashes Test match warier this year, it looked like they were destined to lose the game. In England’s second innings, Stokes played one of the best innings of all time, scoring an unbeaten 135 to help England chase down 359 to win.