Cricket World Cup final: England ace Ben Stokes’ father wants New Zealand to WIN at Lord’s

England will take part in their first World Cup final since 1992 after impressively seeing off Australia at Edgbaston.

Stokes has played his role with the bat, the ball and in the field.

But the Durham all rounder is the offspring of Kiwi parents and father Gerard Stokes is backing his homeland – not his son – at Lord’s.

Ben was born in New Zealand before moving to England at the age of 12, but while Gerard is ‘incredibly proud’ of his son, he will be hoping Kane Williamson and company get the job done.

Asked whether he’d prefer New Zealand rather than England to triumph, he told the Daily Mail: “Yeah, probably.”

Gerard, or Ged to those close to him, is formerly a professional rugby league player and moved his family to the other side of the world to take up a coaching role when Ben was a youngster.

He has since returned to New Zealand and will be cheering on the Black Caps along with plenty of friends, despite their son doing all he can to break the country’s heart.

Gerard’s Twitter profile claims he supports “any team my son Ben is in, unless they are playing against the Black Caps.”

The 30,000 or so England fans who pack into the home of cricket this afternoon will be hoping Stokes is only called upon to perform in the field and with the ball.

His position in middle order means his arrival will mean the likes of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root will have been dismissed.

England’s opening pair of Roy and Bairstow have been electric in recent games and the English crowd will be hoping that continues as they look to win a first ever World Cup.

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