BBC Sports Personality 2019: Ben Stokes. Public voted the England cricketer BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Princess Anne handed Ben Stokes the coveted trophy. He appeared modest and shy but proud at receiving such an accolade. Ben Stokes extended thanks to the team, the backroom boys and especially his wife and gamily.
The all-rounder was man of the match as England won the World Cup for the first time with a dramatic super over victory against New Zealand at Lord’s.
Stokes, 28, also hit an unbeaten 135 in the one-wicket third Ashes Test triumph against Australia at Headingley.
In a public vote, Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton finished second while sprinter Dina Asher-Smith was third.
Manchester City and England footballer Raheem Sterling, world heptathlon champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Welsh rugby union legend Alun Wyn Jones were also shortlisted for the main award.
Durham’s Stokes was presented with his award by the Princess Royal and former Manchester United and Scotland footballer Denis Law.
He becomes the first cricketer since Andrew Flintoff in 2005 to win the prize.
In his Ben spoke of his family: To my amazing wife, Clare. Family to me is more important than what I do for a living. It puts perspective on everything, after the good and bad days they are there for me no matter what. My two kids too, they are awesome I love you so much.
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You’re a joy to watch on the cricket field and as winner of #SPOTY https://t.co/FTHEr6WZFt good to hear wife #Clare is your rock #cricket #WorldCup @benstokes38 @BenStokesFans pic.twitter.com/tJw4FMbH77
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