World Cup winner Ben Stokes has curiously been nominated for the New Zealander of the year award just days after his resolute performance condemned New Zealand to World Cup final heartache.
However, Stokes was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, before moving with his family to England at a young age.
His parents moved back to their home country when Stokes had reached adulthood, leaving the Durham man to carve out a cricketing career in his adopted nation.
Speaking on Williamson and Stokes’ surprise nomination, the head judge – Cameron Bennett – told the New Zealand Herald: “The way he (Williamson) conducted himself, not only in the face of such devastating disappointment at Lord’s but throughout the tournament, resonated powerfully with Kiwis from all walks of life.
“Interesting to see some character having a bob each way: we also received nominations for England’s Ben Stokes.
“He might not have been playing for the Black Caps but, having been born in Christchurch, where his parents now live, and with Maori ancestry, there’s clearly a few Kiwis about who think we can still claim him.”
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