England v West Indies: Ben Stokes to be captain for first Test with Joe Root absent

England v West Indies: Ben Stokes to be captain for first Test with Joe Root absent


Ben Stokes (left) was reinstated as vice-captain to Root (proper) final 12 months

Ben Stokes will captain England for the primary time subsequent week after it was confirmed Joe Root will miss the primary Test in opposition to West Indies to attend the start of his second little one.

Root, 29, will go away England’s coaching camp in Southampton on Wednesday, with the start anticipated later this week.

With the sequence being held in a bio-secure setting, Root should self-isolate for every week after leaving hospital earlier than re-joining the squad.

The first Test begins on 8 July.

On Stokes, England coach Chris Silverwood stated: “He is is a talisman, he leads from the front. He’s conscious of the people around him, so I think he’ll do a great job in Rooty’s absence.

“It shall be attention-grabbing to see what he does, as a result of clearly it’s his first time captaining England. We know he has received an aggressive nature, however equally there’s a good cricket mind in there as nicely.

“He will have a lot of say in what is going on and he will play a big part in giving his opinions across the selection as well.”

Root will rejoin the squad on 13 July earlier than the second Test at Old Trafford, which begins on 16 July.

He can even miss the three-day intra-squad warm-up match in Southampton, which begins on Wednesday.

In Root’s absence, Stokes will captain one facet and Jos Buttler, who has been confirmed as vice-captain for the primary Test, will lead one other.

From the 30 males which have been coaching in Southampton, 27 will participate within the match. As nicely Root, tempo bowler Jamie Overton and spinner Amar Virdi miss out.

Teams for England intra-squad coaching match

Team Stokes: Dominic Sibley, Keaton Jennings, Zak Crawley, Jonathan Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Ben Foakes, Moeen Ali, Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Jack Leach, Olly Stone, James Anderson, Saqib Mahmood.Team Buttler: Rory Burns, James Bracey, Joe Denly, Dan Lawrence, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (c), Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Dominic Bess, Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Matthew Parkinson, Ollie Robinson.

“It is a great opportunity for some players to show us what they can do in this game,” stated Silverwood. “We’ve mixed the sides up to make make it as competitive as possible.

“I’m positive there will be a couple of in there who’re very eager to impress.”

Buttler’s confirmation as vice-captain means he will remain as wicketkeeper for the first Test, holding off competition from Ben Foakes. Jonny Bairstow and the uncapped James Bracey are also involved in the training match, and all four are expected to keep wicket at some point.

With Root not playing in the first Test, it seems most likely that England’s top four will be Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley and Joe Denly, though the intra-squad game also allows Essex’s Dan Lawrence the chance to impress.

Moeen Ali, Dom Bess and Jack Leach are competing for what is likely to one spinner’s spot, while there are probably only three pace-bowling berths for James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Sam Curran and Chris Woakes.

Others, such as Lancashire leg-spinner Matt Parkinson, all-rounder Lewis Gregory, and fast bowlers Craig Overton, Saqib Mahmood, Olly Stone and Ollie Robinson can push their case should injuries or the need to rotate arise later in the summer.

“I count on onerous cricket,” said Silverwood. “I’m trying ahead to seeing what a few of the different guys can do.”

The intra-squad match, which begins at 11:00 BST, will be streamed on the England and Wales Cricket Board’s website.

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