Sir Ben Stokes: Star England allrounder to be knighted for World Cup final heroics
Prime Minister Theresa May meets Ben Stokes at 10 Downing Street. © AFP

World Cup-winning allrounder Ben Stokes is set to receive one of the highest honours for an English sportsperson – a knighthood.

A day after Stokes produced one of the greatest one-day performances by an England cricketer to help his team lift their first ICC Cricket World Cup title ever, Tory leadership candidates Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt stated their intention of knighting the allrounder.

During a debate on Monday hosted by The Sun and talkRADIO, Johnson and Hunt – both in the race to replace Theresa May as Britain’s Prime Minister later this month – were asked if they would considering giving Stokes a knighthood.

Johnson replied first by saying: “I will give dukedoms, whatever – I will go to the maximum, to, what, the Garter King of Arms. Yes is the answer, absolutely”.

After him, Hunt said: “Of course”.

If he is knighted, Stokes would become the 12th English cricketer to receive the honour, the most recent being Alastair Cook this year.

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During Sunday’s World Cup final between England and New Zealand at Lord’s, Stokes scored 84 not out during the home team’s 50 overs, and then in the Super Over after the game ended in a tie, he and Jos buttler took 15 off Trent Boult. New Zealand levelled the scores, but Eoin Morgan’s team was named World Cup winners on a boundary count.

Stokes was named Man of the Match, a fitting accolade given that three years ago he was painted as the villain in England’s loss in their previous ICC final. At Eden Gardens in 2016, Stokes was hit for four consecutive sixes by Carlos Brathwaite as West Indies lifted the title in the final over.

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Stokes then missed the 2017-18 Ashes while he was under investigation for a Bristol bar brawl. He was cleared of charges of affray last year.

On Monday, the victorious England team met Prime Minister May at 10 Downing Street for a reception.

“The final was not just cricket at its best but sport at its best – courage, character, sportsmanship, drama, incredible skill and even the odd slice of luck,” said PM May. “You are a team that represents modern Britain, and that plays like no other side in the world. You have helped the nation fall in love with cricket once again. You have inspired countless future Morgans, Rashids and Archers.”