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Stokes bags PCA Players' Player of the Year award after unforgettable summer
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Stokes bags PCA Players' Player of the Year award after unforgettable summer

Ben Stokes was named the Player's Player of the Year at the Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA) awards on Wednesday following his superb performances across the English summer.

Stokes was instrumental in his side's World Cup-winning campaign where he struck an unbeaten 84 in the grand finale to triumph over New Zealand by the barest of margins.

Later, Stokes smashed a remarkable 135 not out in the third Ashes Test at Headingley, helping England achieve a dramatic one-wicket win against traditional rivals Australia.

Although Australia retained the Ashes urn as a result of the drawn series, Stokes starred with the bat throughout the five matches and accumulated 441 runs at 55.12, next only to Steve Smith's astronomical sum of 774 runs.

The 28-year-old's notable heroics in the past few months have earned him the special feat of becoming only the sixth player to win the Young Player of the Year and Player of the Year double.

He beat fellow nominees Simon Harmer, Ryan Higgins and Dom Sibley, all of whom had stellar showings in the domestic season.

"It's hard to put it into words. I am over the moon that players think I am worthy of winning the PCA Players' Player of the Year through performances this summer," enthused Stokes after receiving the illustrious award.

"You can take a lot of personal pride when you receive this award because it's your peers that vote for you," he added.

Stokes spoke about the importance of contributing in a team sport like cricket and fondly reflected on his side's accomplishments over the summer.

"Earning this award is a huge moment.

"While this is an individual award, it is within a team sport so I am only in this position because of what other guys in our squad have achieved as well.

"What we have done as a team in 2019 is phenomenal, to win the World Cup and draw the Ashes has been a fantastic summer and something I am proud of personally and as a team."

The other highlights of the night included Somerset's Tom Banton - who collected the PCA young player of the year prize for his extravagant run spree in the Vitality Blast - and women's player of the summer Sophie Ecclestone.

Stuart Broad was rewarded for his prolific run in the Ashes by being declared Test player of the summer while Chris Woakes claimed the ODI player of the summer title.

Essex skipper Harmer was named County Championship player of the year.