Wisden Cricketers' Almanack has been published for the 160th time ©Bloomsbury Books

England's T20 World Cup-winning captain Ben Stokes has been named "World Cricketer of the Year" by the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack , published for the 160th time today.

"It's hard to think of any other cricketer who could have transformed his team's fortunes so suddenly as Ben Stokes," Wisden editor Lawrence Booth said.

Stokes won the award for the third time in four years.

Teammate Jonny Bairstow is the first recipient of a Wisden trophy for outstanding individual Test performance of the year.

Against India in Birmingham last June, Bairstow scored a century in each innings as England chased a record 378 to win.

Australia's prolific run scorer Beth Mooney is selected as Women's World Cricketer of the Year for the second time.

She was part of a side which retained The Ashes, won the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women's Cricket World Cup and Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games gold.

Wisden traditionally names five cricketers of the year, a signal honour only bestowed once.

Each recipient is presented with a special bound edition.

Harmanpreet Kaur is the ninth woman so honoured and the first from India, after leading them to their first one-day series victory in England for 23 years and Commonwealth Games silver.

New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell who scored centuries in three successive Test matches against England in 2022 was also awarded.

Mitchell's team mate Tom Blundell made the cut after scoring 383 runs in the same series, including a century.

England bowler Matthew Potts took 20 wickets in his first five Test matches in 2022 and wicket keeper Ben Foakes is also honoured after scoring a century and taking seven catches in the innings victory over against South Africa in Manchester.

Booth uses the traditional 'Editors Notes' to warn that the "diversity and identity" of cricket is threatened by an "obsession" with  T20.

"For many, Test cricket has become jetsam, tossed overboard to make room for simpler cargo," Booth wrote.

"The Indian franchises have been allowed to take over the house, one T20 knees-up at a time, private money calls the shots, Test cricket needs the kiss of life."

There is also criticism of the ICC for accepting sponsorship from Saudi petroleum giant Aramco.

The 2023 Wisden Cricketers' Almanack has paid tribute to Australian star Shane Warne who died last March ©Getty Images
The 2023 Wisden Cricketers' Almanack has paid tribute to Australian star Shane Warne who died last March ©Getty Images

The passing of Shane Warne, Australia's leading wicket taker in Test cricket is also recorded.

His death at the age of 52 last March came too late for inclusion last year.

Gideon Haigh, former editor of Wisden Australia is among those paying tribute.

The book was first published in 1864 by former cricketer John Wisden. 

It ran to only 112 pages and included information on the St Leger horse race, dates of the crusades and even the rules of quoits.

The 2023 edition, with a traditional daffodil yellow cover, contains 1616 pages.