Ben Stokes to Captain England Against West Indies

Ben Stokes captain and player against the West Indies 2020? Stokes batting against South Africa in 2020 Cape Town
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 06: Ben Stokes of England hits out during Day Four of the Second Test between England and South Africa at Newlands on January 06, 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Philip Brown/Popperfoto/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

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.

Ben Stokes captaincy. Stokes bowls in training 2020
KATUNAYAKE, SRI LANKA – MARCH 09: Ben Stokes of England bowls during the tea break on day three of the tour match between SLC Board President’s XI and England at Chilaw Marians Cricket Club Ground on March 09, 2020 in Katunayake, Sri Lanka. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

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.

Ben Stokes: Final Over ICC World Cup 2019

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.

Joe Root bats at Johannesburg 2020 versus South Africa
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – JANUARY 25: England batsman Joe Root reaches his 50 during Day Two of the Fourth Test between South Africa and England at Wanderers on January 25, 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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.

West Indies Tour of England

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