Williamson wins New Zealand player of the year for fourth time

FILE PHOTO: Cricket - New Zealand v India - Second Test - Hagley Oval, Christchurch, New Zealand - February 29, 2020 New Zealand's Kane Williamson during the match REUTERS/Martin Hunter/File Photo

(Reuters) - New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was the recipient of the Sir Richard Hadlee medal as player of the year for the fourth time in six years at the country's 2020-21 cricket awards on Tuesday.

Williamson, the number one test batsman, also bagged the International Test Player of the Year award as he led from the front with New Zealand winning 17 of 20 matches across all formats played over their summer, winning all seven series.

The 30-year-old plundered test runs which included double centuries against Pakistan and West Indies in bowler-friendly conditions.

His heroics helped New Zealand qualify for the World Test Championship final where they will take on number one ranked India in June in Southampton.

"Going into the test summer, there was that Championship final carrot and there was a real drive there for the guys," Williamson told fast bowling great Hadlee over the phone.

"To spend some time at the crease personally and make contributions towards that... certainly proud as a leader and a player in this side that we were able to achieve some of those things and we're looking forward to that final."

Amelia Kerr won the women's Twenty20 Player of the Year for her performances in wins over Australia as well as the Super Smash Player of the Year where she averaged 51 with the bat and picked up 14 wickets in the domestic T20 competition.

Devon Conway was named the men's one-day international (ODI) and T20 player of the year, while Amy Satterthwaite took the women's ODI player of the year gong.

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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