1 Year Before England Debut, Ben Stokes Had Almost Become A New Zealand Cricketer


1 12 months earlier than England debut, their present Test captain Ben Stokes was supplied with a chance to turn out to be part of dwelling nation New Zealand’s nationwide workforce. The star all-rounder was simply 19 years of age on the time. However, as destiny would have it, stars have been aligned for him to be blessed as England Cricket’s prized-possession.

At the centre of this story was former New Zealand captain Ross Taylor. Playing alongside Stokes for Durham within the 12 months 2010, Taylor appeared to be fairly impressed with Stokes’ expertise with each the bat and ball.

Quite conscious of his roots as a New Zealander as nicely, the legendary Kiwi batter determined to ask him whether or not or not he wished to play for the New Zealand sooner or later. With Stokes displaying a eager curiosity on the supply, Taylor didn’t waste a lot time to make the crucial transfer immediately.

Ben Stokes Had Almost Become A New Zealand Cricketer In 2010

As admitted by Taylor in his autobiography titled “Ross Taylor: Black & White” launched final 12 months, the previous Black Caps worldwide reached out to the then NZC (New Zealand Cricket) CEO Justin Vaughan to debate the matter.

Taylor tried to persuade Vaughan that he had noticed a extremely proficient participant in Durham, and who needs to be introduced with a suggestion to turn out to be a part of New Zealand Cricket.

“He was 18 or 19 and really a lot a Kiwi. Over a Guinness, I requested him if he wished to return and play in New Zealand. He was eager so I despatched a message to New Zealand Cricket CEO Justin Vaughan saying this man Stokes was a extremely good younger cricketer and taken with taking part in for New Zealand.”

For these unaware, Stokes was born in New Zealand’s Christchursh in June 1991, and had solely emigrated to England (on the age of 12) together with his household after his father Gerard Stokes landed a job as the pinnacle coach at Workington Rugby League Club in West Cumbria.

Why Didn’t NZC Allow Ben Stokes To Play For New Zealand?

Vaughan, nonetheless, insisted that Stokes may very nicely turn out to be a part of New Zealand cricket, however must play home cricket within the nation to start with. However, Taylor was of the view that the board must supply extra to Stokes as he wouldn’t be keen to start out yet again from the underside.

Vaughan, nonetheless, was adamant and never in a temper to offer Stokes with some strong assurance pertaining a safe future in New Zealand.

“Vaughan replied alongside the strains that he [Stokes] may begin taking part in home cricket and we’d see the place it went. Ben was honest about taking part in for New Zealand, however NZC would’ve needed to have acted swiftly and decisively and given him some fairly strong assurances, which Vaughan clearly wasn’t ready to do.”

As a results of some exceptional performances for Durham throughout the 2010 season, Stokes was finally picked for England’s Performance Programme, which is the street to worldwide cricket for promising younger English cricketers. As a consequence, on the age of 20, he made his worldwide debut for England in an ODI match in opposition to Ireland in Dublin the next 12 months.

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