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Stokes considers Williamson worthy of New Zealander of the Year award
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Stokes considers Williamson worthy of New Zealander of the Year award

Ben Stokes is of the view that Kane Williamson is more worthy for the New Zealander of the Year award than himself. Stokes was born and raised in New Zealand and has Maori roots. 

He moved to England when he was just 12 years old after his father landed a coaching job for north-west rugby league side at Workington Town.

However, his parents currently live in Christchurch and Stokes has a loyal fan base in New Zealand who reckon he is a rightful candidate for this accolade.

Stokes was the match-winner in the World Cup final amassing 84 off 98 balls and 8 off 3 balls in the crucial Super Over. His overall performance in the tournament was imperative to England as he piled up 465 runs and got 7 scalps. 

For his heroic performance, he is expected to be presented with a knighthood. Earlier Boris Johnson, the newly elected Prime Minister of Britain, went so far as to say that he will make Stokes a duke after taking office.

'Williamson should be revered as a Kiwi legend'

Humbled by the nomination, Stokes said, "I am flattered to be nominated for New Zealander of the Year. I am proud of my New Zealand and Maori heritage but it would not sit right with me to be nominated for this prestigious award."

"There are people who deserve this recognition more and have done a lot more for the country of New Zealand.

"I have helped England lift a World Cup and my life is firmly established in the UK -- it has been since I was 12-years-old.

"I feel the whole country should align their support to New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. He should be revered as a Kiwi legend. He led his team in this World Cup with distinction and honour. He was the player of the tournament and an inspirational leader of men.

"He typifies what it is to be a New Zealander. He would be a worthy recipient of this accolade.

"New Zealand, fully support him. He deserves it and gets my vote."