Ben Stokes will lead England within the first Test in opposition to West Indies, beginning July eight within the absence of Joe Root can be lacking the historic match for the delivery of his 2nd youngster.
Ben Stokes will lead England within the 1st Test vs West Indies (Reuters Photo)
- Rooty simply left a message on the hanger which stated, ‘Do it your means’: Stokes
- Stokes stated he is aware of he’ll capable of capable of flip to Root for recommendation throughout the Test
- Stokes named stand-in captain for 1st Test within the absence of Root
With Root lacking for the delivery of his second youngster, Stokes will get to pit himself in opposition to West Indies counterpart Jason Holder.
“The best message I’ve received was when I got my photos done yesterday, with the blazer. Rooty just left a message on the hanger which said, ‘Do it your way’,” stated Stokes.
But the all-rounder says he is aware of that he’ll be capable of flip to Root for recommendation at any stage throughout the match.
“Because of Joe’s personal situation, we’ve been letting him deal with that and I haven’t been on him too much. But I know he’ll be at home watching and his phone will always be available if I need him,” he added.
Stokes’ first massive choice as captain can be to call his staff together with coach Chris Silverwood and there are difficult selections to be made together with his bowling assault.
James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood are competing for the three tempo spots alongside Stokes and offspinner Dom Bess.
“It’s not very often that we’ve been in a situation where we’ve got six or seven bowlers to choose from,” Stokes stated. “It’s an actual head-scratcher as any person who’s obtained to decide on the aspect however as a much bigger image it’s an amazing place to be in as a staff.
“I feel as if we’re in a position now as a test team like we were with the one-day team in 2015 and building for that World Cup. I feel as if we’re building towards the Ashes in Australia and also India,” he added.
“I’ve been dreading it the last three days, having to deliver bad news to some lads. It’s obviously not a nice thing to have to do, but that comes with being the captain and with being in a leadership role. It’s got to be done.”