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Ben Stokes named Wisden's leading cricketer in the world twice in a row


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England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been named Wisden's leading cricketer in the world for the second year in a row.

Stokes scored 641 runs at an average of 58 and took the 19 wickets in seven tests in 2020.

Stokes won the award last year for a stellar 2019 in which he played a key role in England's World Cup victory and scored 135 not out in a thrilling one-wicket win over Australia in the third Ashes Test at Headingley.

"Ben Stokes becomes the first England player to be named Wisden's Leading Cricketer in the World more than once, retaining the title he claimed in 2020," said Wisden's editor, Lawrence Booth.

Australia batter Beth Mooney was named the leading woman cricketer in the world. Mooney was named player of the tournament in the 2020 Women's T20 World Cup, scoring 78 not out in the final as Australia beat India.

Wisden’s annual five cricketers of the year were West Indies allrounder Jason Holder, Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan, England test players Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley, and veteran Kent allrounder Darren Stevens at the age of 44.