- Stokes is only the fifth cricketer, and the first since Andrew Flint off in 2005, to have received the honour since it began in 1954.
- The award, announced, 15 December, is part of BBC’s annual sporting awards, and celebrates the best of British sport, with the public voting on shortlisted candidates.
- The men’s one-day team were declared Team of the Year for their World Cup win, while the victory itself was voted Greatest Sporting Moment of 2019.
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