“Ben Stokes will Do a very Good Job as Captain” Says Joe Root

Published 06/04/2020, 5:46 AM EDT


England test cricket captain Joe Root suggests that the vice-captain Ben Stokes would be a good choice for handling the team in his absence. England is expected to play a Test match series against West Indies in the month of July. The 55 English cricketers have returned to training for the same. 

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However, captain Joe Root is not sure of his presence during the first test match against West Indies. Joe and his wife Carrie are expecting the birth of their second child around the first week of July. As a result, Root is in discussion with the authorities over if he would be able to leave the on-site hotel to be with his wife. The matches would be conducted in bio-secure venues and Joe will need special permissions travel. 

Root told reporters, “The due date complicates things slightly. In terms of the bubble and the pregnancy, it’s always an evolving thing. It’s being discussed with the medical team and we’re always trying to stay updated with it. How it will finally look I’m not exactly sure right now.”

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He further added, “It will have to come down to government guidelines. We have to make sure we follow those protocols and do whatever is right by that.


Ben Stokes gets the best out of players: Joe Root

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Root backs the current vice-captain Ben Stokes for the post of interim captain in his absence from the field. Joe heaped praises on the fellow cricketer stating that he has great leadership qualities and would make a good captain in the future. 

Root stated, “One of his great qualities as vice-captain is the example he sets. The way he goes about his training, how he wants the ball in difficult circumstances, the way he stands up in difficult scenarios with the bat,” 

“He drags people with him, gets the best out of players around him, and gives the whole team a lift. People will always follow him, look up to him and want to play for him whether he is captain or not.”

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“Those are great qualities to have as a leader and something he could definitely take into captaincy. I love having him as vice-captain and could see him doing a very good job as captain,” he added. 

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