England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been named as the Leading Cricketer in the World in the 2020 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. Stokes had an amazing year, not only starring as England won World Cup, but he was a key player for the the Test side as they tied the Ashes series 2-2, a series during which he played one of the greatest innings of all time. In honour of Stokes being crowned as the Leading Cricketer in the World, we’ve taken a look at the best moments of his career so far.
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.
The catch and the five-for
Stokes took one of the best catches ever to dismiss Adam Voges as Stuart Broad ran through Australia in 2015, taking 8/15 as the Aussies were skittled out for 60. Stokes then took 6/36 in the second innings to seal the deal for the home side.
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.
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.
128 in India
Stokes was back in the runs in November 2016 as he scored a very impressive 128 in his first innings of the Test series with India. England pushed hard to win that game but ultimately, they had to settle for a draw.
Five-fer in India
It can be tough for quick bowlers to succeed in India, but Stokes was able to take 5/73 in the Third Test in 2016. However, it wasn’t enough to prevent his side from losing the game by eight wickets.
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.
Man of the Match at The Oval
Stokes was named as the Man of the Match as England beat South Africa by 239 runs at The Oval in 2017. The allrounder scored 112 and 31 runs, whilst also taking a combined three wickets to help steer his side to victory.
Runs against the West Indies
Stokes was in the runs again weeks later as he scored 100 against the West Indies. However, England lost that game as Shai Hope’s two centuries earned his side a famous win.
Wickets against the West Indies
Stokes’ best bowling figures to date, 6/22, came in the Third Test against the West Indies. The all-rounder skittled out the Windies middle and lower order to set his side up for a win by nine wickets.
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.
Another Ashes century
Stokes scored a wonderful century in the second innings of the Second Ashes Test match of 2019, as his unbeaten 155 put England in a position to push for a win. Unfortunately for the home side, a partnership between Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head steered the Aussies to a draw.
‘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.
Stokes does for South Africa again
Stokes was a thorn in South Africa’s side once again as he put on a huge partnership with Ollie Pope. Stokes scored 120 and Pope scored 135 as England won by an innings in Port Elizabeth.