Stokes Captain and All-Rounder.
Ben Stokes is preparing to captain England for the first time in next weeks first Test against the West Indies. England will be set to miss the services of Joe Root for the summers curtain-raising Test to attend the birth of his second child. Stokes captain and all-rounder?
Root, who has not missed a Test match since becoming captain in 2017, will be with his wife in the coming days as they prepare for the arrival of their second child. Current safety protocols dictate that he will not be able to return for seven days, making it highly unlikely he will appear at the Ageas Bowl on July 8.
That means Stokes will lead his country, capping off what has been a magical 18 months for the Durham all-rounder. Stokes played a major role in recent successes for his country, epitomised by England’s World Cup victory last summer.
Absence of Root makes Stokes Captain
The absence of regular captain Joe Root leaves a hole in England’s batting line up as well as their leadership. Batting at four, Root has been imperious at times, often finding himself and Stokes partnering up in order to rebuild England innings.
The big question now is will turn to Stokes be able to combine the captaincy role with his own performance? Stokes has been a crucial member of the England side, can he add captaincy duties to his long list of responsibilities to the England cricket team?
The last all-rounder to take up the captaincy for England was Freddie Flintoff, a role he struggled to combine with personal performances. Stokes will likely only be captaining for one test match. However, he will be out to prove that captaincy does not affect his abilities. He had a fantastic 2019 and the start of 2020 has been great as well.
The second test match should see Joe Root return as England captain. This begins at the Emirates Old Trafford from July 16th 2020.
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