CRICKET

Ben Stokes, Kane Williamson Nominated For New Zealander Of The Year Award

English cricketer Ben Stokes has been nominated for the New Zealander of the year award in a cruel twist that may prolong the world cup agony.

The New Zealand-born all-rounder, who played a key role in England's Cricket World Cup victory, was listed alongside fellow nominees, including New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.

New Zealander of the Year Awards Chief Judge Cameron Bennett said it was obvious some were still trying to claim stokes as one of New Zealand's own.

The official shortlist is yet to be made but the 28-year old all-rounder is an early contender among the public nominations.

New Zealand captain and the player of the world cup Kane Williamson was also nominated for the award.

All New Zealand citizens over the age of 15 are eligible to be nominated. Film maker Taika Waititi and former all blacks captain Ritchie Mccaw are among the previous award-winners.