After leading his side to the World Cup final the Black Caps captain Kane Williamson has been named the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) ODI player of the year.

White Ferns opening batter Suzie Bates was named the women’s ODI player of the year.

White Ferns captain Sophie Devine won the women’s Twenty20 (T20)
international player award for the third successive year, while veteran
Ross Taylor was named men’s T20 player of the year.

Williamson’s recognition followed a spectacular campaign at the 2019
ICC Cricket World Cup, where his 578 runs at an average of 82, including
two centuries, culminated in him being named player of the tournament.

“Kane was simply exceptional at the Cricket World Cup last year,” Black Caps coach Gary Stead said.

“He can be extremely proud of what he achieved at the tournament in
the UK. He scored his runs at crucial times, in crucial matches and he
set a tempo throughout the tournament that allowed us to play some
superb cricket.”

Despite only having one ODI series against South Africa at home this summer, Suzie Bates showed her class scoring 142 runs at an average of 42.

RNZ

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