Cumbria's Ben Stokes recognised in Queen's New Year's Honours list

Cockermouth's Ben Stokes, hero of the England's first men's Cricket World Cup victory last summer, has been recognised in the Queen's 2020 New Year Honours.

He will receive an Order of the British Empire Medal (OBE) from Her Majesty in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Stokes had an incredible summer when he held his nerve with an unbeaten 84 in the Cricket World Cup final.

Just over a month later his glorious 135 not out at Headingley won the third Ashes Test for England, though ultimately Australia would retain the urn.

After his heroics at Headingley, there were hundreds of calls on social media for the sportsman to be knighted. His performance was called "one of the greatest in test cricket history."

Stokes then went on to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

He was the first cricketer to win the prize since Andrew Flintoff in 2005.

Ben Stokes poses with The BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. Credit: PA

Related articles: