Ben Stokes wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019 award

Ben Stokes has been crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019.

England all-rounder Stokes was the big favourite to scoop the award and was thrilled as he was confirmed as the winner in Aberdeen.

He saw off competition from Dina Asher-Smith and Lewis Hamilton who finished third and second in the running respectively.

Raheem Sterling, Alun Wyn Jones and Katarina Johnson-Thompson were also nominated for the award.

Mirror columnist Stokes joins an illustrious list of winners and becomes the first cricketer to take the gong since Andrew Flintoff in 2005.

He said upon collecting the award: "First of all, I think congratulations to all the nominees. What you've managed to achieve as individuals and do for your sport is simply sensational so well done to you too.

"There's so many people you feel you have to thank when you're up here.

"It's an individual award but I play a team sport and one of the great things about that is you get to share special moments with those team mates, coaches and without that effort you put in, I wouldn't be up here receiving this award so thank you so much.

"Two years ago was a tough time for me in my life and I've had so many people help me through that.

"My fantastic manager and friend Neil Fairbrother, you're more than an agent, you're an incredible man. I don't know how you've put up with Andrew Flintoff and me, you and Audrey you're incredible people."

Stokes then turned to wife Clare and said: "You are a rock. You always have been and always will be. I wish you could come up here to share this moment with me. I love you so much and I'm so proud to call you my wife.

"I'm just going to have to end it on that!"

The 28-year-old enjoyed a memorable 2019 – helping England to their first ever World Cup playing one of the most incredible Test innings of all time during the Ashes.

In the World Cup final against New Zealand, Stokes struck 84 not out to steer England to an unlikely tie against New Zealand, sharing a partnership of 110 with Jos Buttler.

Along with Buttler, he accumulated 15 runs in the Super Over, which was matched by New Zealand pair Jimmy Neesham and Martin Guptill but England won by virtue of having hit more boundaries during the match.

He was then named England's man of the series in a 2-2 draw against Australia in the Ashes, during which he played the innings of his life – and one of the greatest in Test history.

During the third Test at Headingley, Jack Leach joined Stokes at the crease for the final wicket with England requiring 73 more runs for victory.

Stokes started to tee off and edged England closer and closer to the target before cutting Pat Cummins through the covers for four to seal a remarkable win.

He finished 135 not out and his innings marked a sensational turnaround after England were bowled out for just 67 in their first dig.

The success Stokes enjoyed in the summer marked redemption for the Durham all-rounder after he was charged with affray following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September 2017.

Stokes missed the entire 2017-18 Ashes over the incident and subsequent trial, but was acquitted in court.

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