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England Cricket World Cup final hero Ben Stokes nominated New Zealander of the Year

Ben Stokes has been nominated for New Zealander of the Year despite beating the Black Caps in the Cricket World Cup final with England.

Stokes was the hero for the host nation on Sunday with a magnificent 84 not out as the match ended with scores tied.

He then batted in the super over as England went on to lift the trophy.

Ben Stokes has been nominated for New Zealander of the year

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Ben Stokes has been nominated for New Zealander of the year

The 28-year-old has strong connections to New Zealand as he was born in Christchurch before moving to England when he was 12.

It would seem that some Kiwis still see Stokes as one of their own.

The award’s chief judge Cameron Bennett said: “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.”

The award is for inspirational New Zealanders who have ‘made a significant contribution to our national and make us proud of our country’.

Cricket World Cup player of the tournament, and Black Caps captain, Kane Williamson has also been nominated.

Past winners include former New Zealand rugby union captain Richie McCaw and filmmaker Taika Waititi.

Ben Stokes holds his hands up in apology after the ball hit him and deflected to reach the boundary

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Ben Stokes holds his hands up in apology after the ball hit him and deflected to reach the boundary


 

Stokes spoke exclusively to talkSPORT earlier this week about his incredible innings and how he coped with the pressure at Lord’s.

“When you’re out there, in the middle, the whole occasion sort of gets you through,” Stokes said on Drivetime.

“I would much rather be out there than watching because I would be a nervous wreck!

“But the emotions when I went out there in the middle just ebbed and flowed. It felt like we were on top, and then it felt like we were behind again.

“And that’s what happened in the game, especially in the last hour, it was New Zealand’s and then it was ours, then we were on top and then New Zealand were on top again. So it was just like a roller coaster!”

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