The father of the English star Ben Stokes reveals that he will row for his home country New Zealand, when both parties collide in the final of the Cricket World Cup tomorrow
- Kiwi Gerard Stokes said that he & # 39; proud & # 39; was on Ben, but wants his national side to win
- Ben, 28, was born in New Zealand but has lived in England since he was twelve
- Gerard & # 39; s Twitter says he & # 39; every team my son is in & # 39; unless they play the Black Caps & # 39;
English star Ben Stokes is fighting today for glory in the final of the Cricket World Cup at Lord & # 39; s today – but his father will welcome the opposition.
New Zealander Gerard Stokes told The Mail on Sunday that while he & # 39; was incredibly proud & # 39; was on his son's performance, wanting his national side to win.
Ben, 28, was born in New Zealand, but has lived in England since he was twelve.
Ben Stokes with his father Gerard in the dressing room on the Oval after England won the test series against India in September. But New Zealander Gerard told The Mail on Sunday that while he & # 39; was incredibly proud & # 39; was on his son's performance, wanting his national side to win
Ben (photo of yesterday's training for the final), 28, was born in New Zealand but has lived in England since he was twelve. Gerard, then a professional rugby league player, moved the Stokes family 12,000 miles to take up a coaching role in England
Gerard, then a professional rugby league player, moved the Stokes family 12,000 miles to take on a coaching role in England.
Gerard and his wife Deborah, who returned to Christchurch in 2013, will stay with dozens of family members to watch the game all night due to the 11-hour time difference.
Gerard, known to friends as Ged, spoke excitedly about the competition, which is regarded as his son's most important career. & # 39; This would be his only chance & he said.
Gerard, known to friends as Ged, spoke excitedly about the competition, which is considered to be his son's most important career. & # 39; This would be his only chance & he said
Which side are you on? The guide of the channel hopper for a sporting super Sunday:
10.30 am England v New Zealand in the final of the Cricket World Cup of Lord & # 39; s. Live on Sky Sports and free on Channel 4.
11 am Wimbledon coverage starts on BBC2 with build-up to Djokovic vs. Federer. Switches to BBC1 for men's final at 2 p.m.
11 am England v Samoa in Netball World Cup, Sky Sports.
13.15 hrs Channel 4 cricket coverage switches to More4 while the station shows the British Grand Prix.
2.10pm Grand Prix start. Cricket returns to channel 4 after the race ends about two hours later.
Tour de France coverage Eurosport1, 1.15pm – 4 pm, ITV4, 1 pm – 4 pm, S4C, 2 pm closed.
Gerard & # 39; s profile on Twitter states that he & # 39; supports every team my son Ben is in, unless they play against the Black Caps & # 39 ;.
And asked if he would have preferred New Zealand to triumph over England today, he answered sheepishly: & # 39; Yes, probably. & # 39; Deborah was more diplomatic and said: & # 39; We are winners, whoever wins. & # 39;
Stokes, one of Britain's notable artists, has Maori tattoos on his left arm in a nod to his mother's ancestral heritage and three lions on his back as a tribute to his adopted country.
& # 39; When Ben is asked, he always says he was born in New Zealand, but he is an Englishman & # 39 ;, said Gerard. & # 39; And he is a proud Englishman there. & # 39;
A full house of 30,000 cricket fans is set to pack Lord & # 39; s today, where England, under the command of Captain Eoin Morgan, has a golden opportunity to become sports legends.
England hopes to win the trophy for the first time, after having failed in the final in 1979, 1987 and 1992.
Gerard & # 39; s profile on Twitter states that he supports & # 39; any team that supports my son Ben (pictured bowling against Australia in the semi-final on Thursday) unless they play against the Black Caps & # 39;
The showdown comes on a bumper & # 39; Super Sunday & # 39; of sporting events, all of which are broadcast live on terrestrial television.
By that afternoon, millions of sports fans will feverishly switch between the cricket, the Wimbledon men's final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, and the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, where Lewis Hamilton offers to increase his lead in the Formula 1 championship.
- New Zealanders hoping to see the final in a pub have become frustrated after owners have left it too long to apply for a special late license. The Black Caps didn't feel like reaching the final today, so locations were neglected to ask permission to open & # 39; night to show the action, which starts at 9:30 PM local time.
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