As it happened: Ben Stokes has been appointed as the new leader of England red ball side

When Joe Root stepped down from the leadership role of red ball captaincy, the only possible successor to lead England Test side was Ben Stokes. This exactly happened, Ben Stokes has been appointed as the new leader of Longest format of the game.

With this new responsibility, Stokes has become 81st Test captain for England and his journey in England all format side has been exceptional.

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Stokes made his Test debut in December 2013 and represented his country in 79 matches at this level. He was deputy to Joe Root in England red ball side on February 2017 onwards and also stood as in captain when Root was not playing and the Durham star has amassed 5,061 Test runs at an average of 35.89.

He has also clinched 174 test wickets and often touted as one of the best all rounder’s in the world.

England Men’s Test Captain, Ben Stokes, added: “I am honoured to be given the chance to lead the England Test team. This is a real privilege, and I’m excited about getting started this summer.

“I want to thank Joe (Root) for everything he has done for English Cricket and for always being a great ambassador for the sport all across the world. He has been a massive part of my development as a leader in the dressing room, and he will continue to be a key ally for me in this role.” Stokes will speak to media outlets next week in Durham.

New Managing Director and CEO  of ECB, Rob Key and Tom Harrison expressed their happiness after Stokes appointment in Test cricket for England and added that Stokes represent the dynamics of cricket England wants to play and under him we would see bright future of England red ball team under him.

“I had no hesitation in offering the role of Test captain to Ben.

“He epitomises the mentality and approach we want to take this team forward into the next era of red-ball cricket. I am delighted that he has accepted, and he is ready for the added responsibility and the honour. He thoroughly deserves the opportunity.”Rob Key said.

 “I am delighted that Ben has agreed to become England Men’s Test captain, which is another great achievement in his extraordinary career in an England shirt.

“He cares deeply and passionately about what it means to represent England and he will lead us into a new era with great pride. It’s an important summer for our Test side and Ben will I am sure relish the challenge before him and his team.” Harrison added.