English cricket captured the imagination of the nation in 2019 with two of the greatest cricketing performances ever seen. The ICC Cricket World Cup Final win at Lord's and the remarkable one-wicket win in the Specsavers Ashes Test at Emerald Headingley both featured truly epic performances from Ben Stokes.
On Sunday England's talismanic all-rounder attends the coveted BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards, with a chance to cap an unforgettable year. We reflect on the moments that made 2019 a summer to remember for Ben Stokes.
On Sunday England's talismanic all-rounder was crowned 2019 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, to cap an unforgettable year. We reflect on the moments that made 2019 a summer to remember for Ben Stokes.
The catch of the summer
Not content with scoring a determined 89 and taking two wickets for 12 runs, Ben Stokes lit up the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup with an absolute screamer of a catch at the Kia Oval. His virtuoso all-round performance set the tone for an outstanding tournament that included 465 runs and seven wickets.
By the barest of margins
Ben Stokes' 84 not-out in the ICC Cricket World Cup Final will go down as one of the greatest knocks ever seen. He singlehandedly led England to a remarkable tie from the final ball. In a Cricket World Cup first, a 'super over' decided the match, with a weary Stokes sent out again to bat for England in a six ball contest.
After a day of incredible tension the World Cup was lifted by the home side, amid extraordinary scenes at Lord's. Ben Stokes awarded the player of the match award and a nation celebrated.
Making history at Headingley
A seemingly impossible situation, a rampant Australian bowling attack, and the Specsavers Ashes on the line. Ben Stokes' breathtaking 135 not-out took England to victory by one wicket in front of delirious fans in Leeds and a nation gripped in front of televisions, radios and mobile phones across the UK.
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