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Give cricket Cup heroes dukedoms: Johnson

By AAP Newswire

England's World Cup-winning cricket heroes will be given 'dukedoms' or the 'Garter King of Arms' if Boris Johnson has his way and is elected Prime Minister.

Johnson, who is the frontrunner to replace outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May, was asked during a debate if they would give controversial star Ben Stokes a knighthood.

"I will give dukedoms, whatever - I will go to the maximum, to, what, the Garter King of Arms. Yes is the answer, absolutely," said Johnson.

The 28-year-old Stokes missed the 2017-18 Ashes after he was investigated for a Bristol incident that left a man in hospital with facial injuries. He was later found not guilty of affray.

May offered her thanks to the triumphant team at a reception at 10 Downing Street after their nail-biting win over New Zealand in Sunday's final.

After the diverse team joked they had not only the luck of the Irish but Allah on their side, May praised the encapsulation of modern Britain in the winning squad.

"The final was not just cricket at its best but sport at its best - courage, character, sportsmanship, drama, incredible skill and even the odd slice of luck.

"You are a team that represents modern Britain, and that plays like no other side in the world.

"You have helped the nation fall in love with cricket once again. You have inspired countless future Morgans, Rashids and Archers."

Cheers and car horns greeted the squad on Whitehall as they arrived by bus for the meeting, and Irishman and captain Eoin Morgan led his players along Downing Street to meet the PM.

May shook hands with the squad, including star West Indian-born bowler Jofra Archer and all-rounder Stokes.

She then posed for photos with the team, wearing their official England shirts, and held aloft the World Cup trophy with the help of Morgan.

Spinner Rashid had assured team-mates that Allah was on their side, according to Morgan.

The captain said previously: "We had Allah with us as well. I spoke to Adil, he said Allah was definitely with us. I said we had the rub of the green.

"It actually epitomises our team. It has quite diverse backgrounds and cultures ... to actually find humour in the situation that we were in at the time was pretty cool."