In a recent development, an image of star England all-rounder Ben Stokes after he scored the winning runs in the third Ashes Test at Headingley has won the Wisden-MCC Photograph of the year competition for the year 2019.
Notably, Stokes led England to one of the finest Test wins ever in the history of the game. Just after he won England the Test, his celebration was photographed by Gareth Copley of Getty Images.
Copley’s picture won the first prize from over 650 entries from around the world. Although there was a lot of variety at the display, most had captured Ben Stokes as he became the hero of an unforgettable win. In fact, no other player’s images had more submissions in a single edition than Stokes in the competition’s decade-old history.
While the image of Jos Buttler running out Martin Guptill in the ICC Cricket World Cup final at Lord’s captured by Tom Jenkins of The Guardian finished second, Kieran Hanlon’s dreamy image of Somerset’s County Ground in Taunton was the other runner up.
The Wisden Almanack on Wednesday announced Jofra Archer, Pat Cummins, Ellyse Perry, Simon Harmer and Marnus Labuschagne as the ‘Five Cricketers of the Year’ while naming Ben Stokes as the Leading Cricketer of 2019.
Australia women’s cricketer Perry was also named the Leading Woman Cricketer in the World with Andre Russel being the Leading T20 Cricketer in 2019.
England’s main man in 2019, Stokes was the catalyst to his team’s success last year. His incredible performance in final of the World Cup at Lord’s had given his team their maiden title before his heroics at Headingley saw Three Lions chasing their highest-ever Test score to level the Ashes.
Meanwhile, the 27-year-old amassed a total of 821 runs in red-ball cricket last year at an average of 45, including an Ashes century at Lord’s. His ODI batting figures in 2019 stood at 719 with a staggering average of almost 60.