New Zealand news February 25, 2016

Williamson named NZ's Player of the Year

ESPNcricinfo staff

In addition to Player of the Year, Kane Williamson was also named the Test Player of the Year and won the Redpath Cup © Getty Images

Kane Williamson was named New Zealand's Cricketer of the Year and awarded the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal at NZC's awards function, following a judging period in which he scored five centuries, set a New Zealand record for most runs in a calendar year and became the No. 1 ranked Test batsman. He was also named the Test Player of the Year and won the Redpath Cup for his first-class batting exploits.

Since the beginning of 2015, Williamson has scored 1314 Test runs in 10 matches at an average of 77.29, including a match-saving unbeaten 242 against Sri Lanka in Wellington. Across the three formats, Williamson made 3339 runs in 53 games at an average of 60.70, with eight centuries. He also made seven consecutive fifty-plus scores in limited overs against England and Zimbabwe between June and August.

Martin Guptill, who enjoyed a breakthrough year in the limited-over formats and earned a recall to the Test side, was named the ODI and T20I Player of the Year.

Guptill scored 1891 ODI runs since the start of 2015 at an average of 55.61 and a strike rate of 97.22. He also struck the second-highest score in ODIs, a 163-ball 237 against West Indies in the quarter-final of the 2015 World Cup.

Suzie Bates, who capped off a stellar year with an ODI ton against Australia in Mount Maunganui on February 24, was named the Women's Player of the Year for the third consecutive year. In 18 games since February 2015, Bates has managed 799 runs at 53.26 and two centuries.

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  • Merv on February 26, 2016, 23:04 GMT

    Well done Kane. I suspect that there was daylight to second place in the last year. Not sure what Kohli have to do with this thread? He doesn't even have a Test average near 50 yet, while Williamson is right at that point.

  • David on February 26, 2016, 16:56 GMT

    Congrats, Kane! Well played, well deserved! Having said that, he needs help! The batting line up in tests looks a bit suspect, Taylor was sorely missed in the just concluded series! Guptill only has a test average of 29...not good enough for a player of his caliber! I believe that BJ Watling should bat higher up the order. Young Nicholls is a project, too soon to judge him but he has a great opportunity to cement his position in the team with Brendon's departure.

  • Wayne on February 26, 2016, 6:29 GMT

    Congratulations to Williamson. A very good year for a very talented individual. The Kiwis need to not become reliant on him though. Their batting looks reasonable but they need guys like Latham & Nicholls to continue their development from these early days and convert cameos into big partnerships around Williamson. Taylor is technically very sound and was missed by the kiwis this series. With the departure of McCullum their middle order can develop a more "orthodox" look and settled style and I'd say the key to their batting now would be to find a rock solid opener as Guptill is proving he just doesn't really cut it as a test opener. To be fair Williamson didn't fire in this series when it mattered and the aussie bowlers looked to have him worked out. Dry him up and soft hands or not the edge will eventually come. It's up to him now to work through that. I reckon he can and it'll be interesting to see how his stats fair with longer term captaincy of the test side.

  • rob on February 26, 2016, 2:11 GMT

    He seems the obvious choice and a worthy winner. The Kiwi's should avoid be over reliant on him if possible, but I'm sure they already know that. .. @ Drew12: I'm not sure that Williamsons contributions, especially on the Oz leg, didn't mean anything. Take away his runs and NZ would have struggled to draw the one test they did. I think I get what you're saying but, as they say, any runs are good runs.

  • Ant on February 26, 2016, 1:05 GMT

    Was disappointed to have Mark Richardson as the host and have him make it as much about him as the players. Was much better last year with Eric Young and Doully

  • Savio on February 25, 2016, 23:52 GMT

    Congratulations Kane Williamson. It is such a Joy to watch you bat and score those runs. You are a class player who doesnt let anything bother you, just about doing the required job. There will sterner test in the coming season with the S African series home and away and the greatest test for any team in modern day cricket-Test tour to India but i am sure with your experience and technique you will be able to succeed there. All the very best on being the full time captain. Big shoes to fill but hope you are able to carry on playing the way you have played may be even better and lead the side in the inspiring way like your captain Brandon Mccallum

  • Subash on February 25, 2016, 23:10 GMT

    Absolutely well deserved ! Congratulations

  • Your_average_ on February 25, 2016, 18:37 GMT

    Congratulations to Williamson. It feels so good to know that there are quality players like him, Smith, Root

  • cool on February 25, 2016, 18:36 GMT

    Class performers , superb aggressive style !!!

  • Cricinfouser on February 25, 2016, 18:26 GMT

    Congratulations Kane! Well deserved. Enjoy watching you bat with the calmness you bring to the crease. Hope you continue scoring runs for a long time. Just for future, be a little proactive even if you need to be unconventional to counter oppositions' plans to stop you from scoring. @EspnCricInfo, sorry for nitpicking, but a little lazy piece of journalism here. If you chose to use this pic for the story, a caption acknowledging the couple (esp. the lady since we all know Kane very well) would have been nice like, "Kane Williamson with his girlfriend/partner Sarah Raheem." With the current caption the pic of Kane with his medal would have been a better choice.

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