Alun Wyn Jones Ben Stokes is bookies’ favourite for Sports Personality of the Year award ahead of Raheem Sterling

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The BBC unveiled their six-strong shortlist for this year’s Sports Personality of the Year on Monday. The public will vote on December 15 with the winner crowned in Aberdeen that night. 

Ben Stokes is the bookies’ favourite for the top gong but starring performances from Dina Asher-Smith, Lewis Hamilton and Alun Wyn Jones may give the cricket star a run for his money. 

Sportsmail’s JONATHAN McEVOY breaks down this year’s shortlist as one of them will be making the victory speech as the credits roll. 

BEN STOKES (CRICKET) – BOOKIES ODDS: 1/5 

If he had not put his case to win SPOTY clearly enough with one imperishable act of ingenuity and daring, he just went and did it again.

We wondered if anything could beat his nerveless batting in the heart-stopping final moments of the World Cup in front of a transfixed nation. 

But, those memories still fresh, his 135 not out at Headingly to keep the Ashes alive in one of history’s great, see-sawing Test matches at least pushed it close, while Jack Leach cleaned his glasses at the other end.

Stokes (left) is the bookies’ favourite to be Sports Personality of the Year after a stellar summer

Stokes was pivotal in England’s World Cup triumph as well as saving the Third Ashes Test  

DINA ASHER-SMITH (ATHLETICS) – BOOKIES ODDS: 8/1 

A diamond in the World Championships that charm forgot. Aged 23, Dina Asher-Smith won gold in the 200m, becoming the first Briton ever to do so. That was the jam in her sandwich of two silvers, in the

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