Ben Stokes Set to Lead England Against West Indies


England’s star all-rounder Ben Stokes on Monday said that he hasn’t thought about the idea of captaincy yet, but it will be a big moment for him if he gets an opportunity to lead England in the longest format of the game.

England will be playing their first test match against West Indies, starting July 8th at Rose Bowl Cricket Ground. Joe Root is likely to miss the first Test as he is awaiting the birth of his second child.

“ I have never set a goal out to be captain. Alastair Cook was always destined to be England Captain after Andrew Strauss. Root was always destined to be captain after Cook”. Ben Stokes was quoted saying in ESPN. 

He further added that “I am not one of those people you would necessarily think of as the next England Captain. But its a huge honor. Even if it’s the only once you can say ‘yeah, I have captained England”.

“So I am looking forward to it if the opportunity presents itself. But I know I am only stepping in for one game due to Joe’s personal situation.”

All the international matches have been suspended from March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Also, West Indies tour of England will be the first official international match that will take place behind closed doors during the pandemic time.

However, three Test Matches between England and West Indies is scheduled as
1st Test: 8-12 July, Southampton.
2nd Test: 16-20 July, Manchester
3rd Test: 24-28 July, Manchester.