Ben Stokes favourite to win BBC Sports Personality of the Year after Ashes heroics at Headingley

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England cricketer Ben Stokes is now the overwhelming favourite to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award in 2019 after his stunning Ashes showing at Headingley.

The explosive Durham all-rounder hit a sensational 135* on day four of the third Test as the hosts recovered from a dismal first-innings to beat Australia by one wicket and tie the five-match series at 1-1.

It will deservedly go down as one of the greatest Test knocks of all time and comes just six weeks after Stokes' match-winning role for England's ODI team in a memorable World Cup final victory over New Zealand at Lord's.

In addition to keeping the current Ashes series alive, Stokes' latest headline-grabbing heroics have also seen him installed as the firm frontrunner to claim the BBC's coveted SPOTY honour.

You could get odds of 6/4 on the 28-year-old to win the gong before the third Test, but that has now plummeted to 1/3 on Betfair Exchange, with some fans on social media even calling for Stokes to be awarded a knighthood as reward for his mighty efforts.

Stokes' chief opposition according to the bookies are Formula 1 supremo Lewis Hamilton and Premier League star Raheem Sterling, who both currently sit at 14/1.

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Hamilton won his fifth F1 world title in 2018 and remains the overwhelming favourite to claim a sixth this year with nine races of the season remaining.

Sterling, meanwhile, has been in remarkable form for Manchester City, helping Pep Guardiola's side to claim a domestic treble while also being honoured for his role in the fight against racism in football.

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