A summer that saw Kane Williamson scale to the top of the ICC World Test Batsman rankings was concluded with the ultimate accolade - acknowledgement from his cricketing peers as the 2016 The PLAYERS’ Cap recipient.
The stellar 12 months for Kane Williamson was punctuated by consistency across all three formats and saw him become the first player to be awarded the player's award for a second time - a feat made more remarkable by the fact it was achieved across consecutive seasons.
Williamson was typically bashful about being acknowledged as the players’ Player of the Year after CPA Life Member Scott Styris presented him with The PLAYERS’ Cap in front of delighted team mates, management and guests.The standing ovation that Williamson received following his acceptance of the award was a special moment he shared with his mates.
“It's such an honor to receive this award for a second time"
"This is special team to be part of and this award is a reflection of the efforts everyone puts in throughout the year. This really is an award that is special to the players and one that I am fortunate to receive again this year” said a humbled Williamson.
Williamson received this ultimate recognition from his mates a day after being selected for a swag of awards at the New Zealand Cricket Awards - including the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal as the Cricketer of the Year, Test Player of the Year, and the Redpath Cup for Batting.
Williamson scored five Test centuries this season while also setting a New Zealand record for the number of Test runs scored in a calendar year, all of which enabled Williamson to become the first New Zealander to top the ICC’s Test batsman ratings in December 2015.
Previous PLAYERS’ Cap recipients:
4th - 2015: Kane Williamson
3rd - 2014: Ross Taylor
2nd - 2013: Tim Southee
1st - 2012: Brendon McCullum