England star all-rounder Ben Stokes, who guided his team to victory over New Zealand in the heart-stopping final of the ICC World Cup 2019, has been nominated as “New Zealander of the Year”. Stokes has been nominated along with New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who was also named Player of the Tournament.
Stokes’ match-winning innings of 84 allowed England to tie New Zealand’s score of 241-8 and he then helped the home team prevail after a tie-breaking “super over” in which both teams scored 15 runs. England won on a count back of boundaries hit during the match.
The all rounder produced a superlative performance at the World Cup, amassing 465 runs and claiming seven wickets for England. Stokes was born in New Zealand but moved to England with his family when he was 12. His father Gerard, who played rugby league for New Zealand, was then coaching in England.
Stokes has remained in England since, though his parents Gerard and Deb returned to live in the South Island city of Christchurch. A shortlist of 10 candidates to be considered for the award will be announced in December, with the 2020 winner revealed at the New Zealander of the Year Gala Awards in February.
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