England cricketer Ben Stokes turns down New Zealander of 12 months award

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England’s World Cup hero Ben Stokes, who was nominated for the New Zealander of the 12 months Award, has graciously turned it down, saying Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson is the “worthy recipient” of the accolade.

The 28-year-old Stokes was born in Christchurch however moved to England on the age of 12, occurring to determine himself within the England set-up.

“I’m flattered to be nominated for New Zealander of the 12 months,” he posted on his social media accounts.

“I really feel the entire nation ought to align their help to New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. He ought to be revered as a kiwi legend.”