Cricket hero Ben Stokes is the red-hot favourite to be crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year after the shortlist was revealed yesterday.
He was announced as a 2019 nominee by fellow ginger Ed Sheeran.
The all-rounder’s heroics in helping England win the Cricket World Cup and his amazing Ashes innings make him odds-on with the bookies.
It marks a dramatic U-turn for the all-rounder after a tough few years that included an acquittal in a high profile court case over a late-night drunken brawl.
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The nominees were announced one-by-one throughout yesterday.
Stokesy, 28, is joined by sprinting sensation Dina Asher-Smith, who was revealed by grime star Stormzy.
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The speed queen won 200m gold at the World Championships in Doha to become the first British woman to win a major global sprint title.
The 23-year-old backed it up with silvers in the 100m and 4x100m relay.
Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling also got the nod after winning his second Premier League title and speaking out against racism.
Heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson, 26, made the shortlist after smashing the British record with gold at the World Championships.
Others up for the public award are Welsh rugby star Alun Wyn Jones and F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton
The winner from the six-strong shortlist will be announced on December 15 on BBC One.
- Ben Stokes
- Lewis Hamilton
- Raheem Sterling
- Premier League
- World Cup
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