Ben Stokes has been nominated for the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, after a remarkable year that was capped by his man-of-the-match-winning performance in England’s World Cup final victory over New Zealand.
Stokes, who is currently in New Zealand with the England Test team, also produced one of the greatest Test innings of all time against Australia at Headingley in August, scoring 135 not out to secure a thrilling one-wicket win.
The musician Ed Sheeran revealed the nomination via a video on Twitter, having attended several England matches in the course of the summer.
“Hey Ben Stokes, you are a Sports Personality of the Year nominee, congratulations,” said Sheeran. “I think you should win because you are a World Cup winner and you had one of the most amazing performances in the World Cup final, and just one month later you scored 135 not out to level England in the Ashes, and you were also England’s top scorer with 441.”
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