Sports Personality: Ben Stokes to miss South Africa tour warm-up match for awards night

Ben Stokes

Stokes is currently play in England’s tour of New Zealand

All-rounder Ben Stokes will miss the first warm-up match of England’s tour of South Africa to attend BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019.

Stokes, 28, was named as one of six contenders for the award on Monday – along with Dina Asher-Smith, Lewis Hamilton, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Alun Wyn Jones and Raheem Sterling.

The ceremony is on Sunday, 15 December in Aberdeen with England facing a South Africa Invitation XI two days later.

The first Test begins on 26 December.

Before that England play a second warm-up match on 20 December against South Africa A.

England and South Africa play four Tests before a three-match one-day international series and a three-match Twenty20 series.

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