Ben Stokes nominated for ‘New Zealander of the Year’ Award

Sophie Ecclestone helped England to victory in a warm-up game against Australia A

Sophie Ecclestone helped England to victory in a warm-up game against Australia A

No cricketer has ever been honoured with the prestige and the only time it was awarded to a sportsman was in 2016, when Richie McCaw was named as the New Zealander of the Year for captaining the All Blacks team to two Rugby World Cups.

However, former ICC Elite Panel umpire Simon Taufel of Australia later pointed out that England should have been awarded five runs as per the overthrow rules as the batsmen hadn't crossed when Guptill threw the ball. The match though had its share of ups and downs as the momentum swung from one side to another.

He later returned in the Super Over to score eight of the 15 runs that proved just enough for England to win the title, including a crucial boundary off the third ball. The right-hander admitted that that moment turned the game.

Not only did Stokes impress with his match-winning batting, he also showed incredible sportsmanship after asking the umpires to take away four runs they had awarded to him after a throw from Black Cap Martin Guptill struck his bat and headed to the boundary. "You know when that sort of thing happens, from a throw from the boundary, it tends not to go your way", the Auckland-born batsman said.

It might seem weird at first, as Stokes wasn't playing for the Kiwis, but for England.

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A shortlist of 10 candidates to be considered for the award will be announced in December, with the 2020 victor revealed at the New Zealander of the Year Gala Awards in February.

If India had an "Indian of the Year" award, and we nominated Kane Williamson for it, wouldn't that be a scandal?

"Yeah, I think so".

"Matthew will be reassessed in the morning but it's unlikely he'll bat again in this innings, however we're very hopeful he'll recover in good time for the Australia vs Australia A game next week". "It's a slightly different England side to be in with a few of the big guns rested after the World Cup, but it's a really exciting group and we are looking forward to linking up this weekend", ESPNCricinfo quoted Curran as saying.

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