When Ross Taylor asked him to play for New Zealand, he was a future star for England.
Former New Zealand hitter Ross Taylor claimed in his autobiography that in 2010. Ben Stokes was approached about playing for New Zealand.
One of the current most dangerous all-rounders in the sport is Ben Stokes. And in a few of minutes, he has the ability to completely change the outcome of any match. Perhaps Stokes has stopped playing one-day cricket. In tests and T20Is, he still has a lot to give England. Under his direction, England won a three-match Test series against New Zealand, and they overcame India at the postponed fifth Test at Edgbaston. Former New Zealand batter Ross Taylor claimed in his autobiography that he spoke with Stokes about the possibility of playing New Zealand in 2010.
Therefore, Ross Taylor described in his memoirs how he got in touch with Stokes. While they were teammates for Durham in 2010, they sang “Ross Taylor Black And White.”
He was perhaps 18 or 19 years old and a very proud Kiwi.
Over a Guinness, I asked him if he would like to come play in New Zealand. According to Taylor, who was quoted by stuff.co.NZ, “Stokes was keen, so I sent a message to New Zealand Cricket CEO Justin Vaughan explaining that this boy Stokes was a highly talented young cricketer and interested in playing for New Zealand.
Vaughan responded by saying something along these lines. “He can start participating in local cricket, and we’ll see how it develops.” I told him when I got back that we would need to give him more than that. He wouldn’t be interested if it meant having to begin at the bottom of the ladder. It obviously had no effect, “he added.
Taylor stated, “Ben Stokes was extremely interested in playing for New Zealand, but NZC would’ve had to act quickly and decisively and make him some pretty significant guarantees. That Vaughan was obviously not willing to do.
At the age of 12, Stokes moved from New Zealand to England. He was thereafter welcomed by the Durham Cricket Academy. After making his ODI debut for England in 2011, the left-handed batsman played in his first Test match against Australia in 2013.
The World Cup final at Lord’s Cricket Ground between England and New Zealand was highlighted by Stokes, who also helped England win the competition.
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