England vs West Indies: Ben Stokes steps in as captain England

Since regular skipper Joe Root looks certain to miss the First Test against the West Indies after the birth of his second child, so Ben Stokes is set to captain England for the first time.

Team-mate Stuart Broad said: “I’ve no doubt he will be brilliant at captaining England for this one-off Test match — or two Test matches.

“Stokesy just has a really good cricket brain. He’s someone who’s matured incredibly over the last three or four years.”

Furthermore, World Cup hero Stokes and Ashes has not captained a side since leading Durham’s academy in 2008.

Fast bowler Broad stated: “To come in and captain one game, he’ll find that very easy.”

“I don’t think there will be much stress or pressure on him.

“He’s taking over Rooty’s team to make on-field decisions, so I don’t think he’ll struggle.”

The reason for Root to miss the first test

Root’s wife, Carrie, is due to give birth to their second child. But with Covid-19 protocols, Root would have to self-isolate for a week even after leaving hospital, because of which, his chances of walking out at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl on July 8 are remote.

His absence will lead to an unbroken sequence of 77 Tests since he returned to the team in 2014 following his dropping at Sydney in January that year.

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