Many were saying that Test Match Cricket was dead. Well, tell this to Ben Stokes who is now the top favourite to win the Sports Personality Of The Year after producing the best innings of all time by an English player in the Ashes Test Match against Australia.
When Joe Root’s side was on the verge of another Ashes defeat, Stokes came to rescue and helped England to turn things around and level the score in the Ashes Test. Stokes himself came back from the mire following a nightclub brawl in Bristol just a couple of months ago. An incredible back-foot drive saw the ball explode and covering boundary. Surely Leach has played a great part but ultimately that was a fantastic moment for Stokes. Surely one to remember in English sport.
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As a result, bookmakers immediately slashed the New Zealand-born star’s odds in the 2019 Sports Personality of the Year award. He is now available at just 2/9 with BetVictor to get the prize in December.
Stokes had a great Cricket World Cup campaign and was already the 6/4 favourite with most bookmakers before the Ashes Test. His magnificent 135 not out has forced bookmakers to significantly review the odds again as it looks Stokes is set to dominate the award ceremony at the end of the year.
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Only a couple of months ago Stokes was as big as 50/1 with some betting companies in the 2019 SPOTY winner betting market. If he will win the award, he will be the first cricketer to do so since 2005. After the issues in Bristol, for which he was cleared of any wrongdoing, few would have expected that his cricketing abilities would see him become the SPOTY in 2019.
As we have learned in the past, a few weeks can be a very long time in sport. Stokes is now the strong odds on favourite followed by Lewis Hamilton at 16/1 with BetVictor and Raheem Sterling at 20/1 with the same company. It is difficult to see what the two can achieve to replace Stokes as a favourite. He should most definitely be awarded the trophy just before Christmas to remember his fantastic summer for the left-handed cricket phenomenon.
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