Ben Stokes will lead England for the first time in the sequence opener at the Ageas Bowl in the absence of Joe Root, who left the squad to be by his spouse’s aspect for the delivery of their 2nd youngster.
- This is a one-off Test for me being captain and I need to do the greatest I can: Ben Stokes
- England will host the West Indies in the first match of the 3-Test sequence in Southampton from July 8
- West Indies maintain the Wisden Trophy due to their 2-1 sequence triumph at dwelling in 2019
England will host the West Indies in the first match of the 3-Test sequence in Southampton from July 8 and Stokes can be at the forefront of the motion, being the interim skipper in the absence of Joe Root.
Stokes mentioned Wednesday can be a big day for him however he is doing all that he can to maintain his focus on the sport, relatively than get carried away by the pleasure of main England for the first time.
“It will be a special day for me,” he wrote in a column for the Mirror. “[T]right here is enormous delight there, however my focus is on the job, not on the bells and whistles.
“This is a one-off Test for me being captain and I want to do the best I can, which means staying true to myself and just being me.”
Stokes is anticipating nothing lower than 100% dedication from his teammates as they get able to return to the motion on the area after practically four months.
“The one factor I’m anticipating from the workforce this week, above all else, is 100% dedication all through the 5 days, as a result of it can take an enormous effort from everybody in the workforce to get the win we’re searching for towards a high quality West Indies workforce.
“All I want to see is that total commitment from the players and not letting the fact that there is no crowd there be used as an excuse for any drop in our intensity level,” Stokes wrote.
England wish to avenge their 2019 defeat towards the Windies, who maintain the Wisden Trophy due to their 2-1 sequence triumph at dwelling and Stokes desires to get it again for his nation.
“The fact is the West Indies have the bragging rights and the Wisden Trophy from the last series. And we want both back,” Stokes mentioned.