England’s cricket team all-rounder Ben Stokes will likely captain the team against West Indies in the first test match in Southampton starting from July 8. England team’s regular captain Joe Root will not be able to play the first Test match. Root’s wife Carrie is about to give birth to another child. During this time’ Root wants to be with her. The England Cricket Board has also approved it. On the other hand, Root will have to follow the COVID-19 guidelines when he returns to the team.
Focus on winning the match: Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes said in an interview, ‘Captaining the England team is not easy. But, it would be a matter of pride for me if I get the chance. My goal has never been to become a captain. I just want to win the match. This is an honor for me. I am captaining just one match as Root will not be available during this time.
Stokes will captain the team for the first time:
Stokes will play the role of captain for the first time. In this match, the West Indies team will play wearing T-shirt with a symbol of ‘Black Lives Matter’ to raise voice against racism. Ben Stokes said that we are talking to West Indies captain Jason Holder about this.
Root also supported Stokes:
England team regular captain Joe Root has also backed Stokes captaincy. He said that the biggest feature of Ben Stokes is that he sets an example as a leader. He has good relations and behavior with fellow players in the dressing room. He respects everyone.
Direct captaincy opportunity:
Stokes does not have much captaincy experience. He has never captained international cricket as well. He certainly has experience of captaining Durham Academy in three matches in 2008.