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Stokes named Wisden's leading cricketer in the world
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Stokes named Wisden's leading cricketer in the world

Ben Stokes has been announced as Wisden's leading cricketer in the world, managing to finally end Virat Kohli's streak at the top.

The Indian skipper was Wisden's pick for the coveted title three years in a row before England's mainstay Stokes usurped the crown owing to his stellar performances last summer.

Stokes, the first player to receive honour since the flamboyant Andrew Flintoff in 2005, played a pivotal role in England's maiden World Cup win.

His all-round excellence paved the way for the hosts to proceed to the final where he then produced a remarkable innings to help England inch over the line in a riveting battle against New Zealand.

Stokes' phenomenal white-ball form was replicated during the Ashes series when he struck an undefeated 135 to pull off a stunning one-wicket heist against Australia at Headingley. His sensational knock was rated by several pundits as a top contender for the greatest innings in the sport.

"Ben Stokes pulled off the performance of a lifetime -- twice in the space of a few weeks," said Lawrence Booth, Wisden's editor.

"First, with a mixture of outrageous talent and good fortune, he rescued England's run-chase in the World Cup final, before helping to hit 15 off the super over.

"Then, in the third Ashes Test at Headingley, he produced one of the great innings, smashing an unbeaten 135 to pinch a one-wicket win.

"Against red ball or white, he was a force of nature."

Earlier this year, Stokes achieved the International Cricket Council's player of the year award as well.

Meanwhile, his fellow teammate Jofra Archer was placed among the top five cricketers of the year. Archer, who made his international debut just weeks ahead of the World Cup, withstood the pressure in the breathtaking Super Over in the grand finale to ensure a momentous victory for his team.

Australia duo Pat Cummins and Marnus Labuschagne also were part of the list. Ace all-rounder Ellyse Perry and Essex star Simon Harmer were the other entrants.