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'Stokes will do a great job as England captain'

July 01, 2020 11:33 IST
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He's been Rooty's (Joe Root) right-hand man for a while now. I know Rooty does turn to him a lot. He's been involved in a lot of talks we have behind the scenes, England coach Silverwood said.

Ben Stokes bowls during an England training session behind closed doors at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England, on Monday

IMAGE: Ben Stokes bowls during an England training session behind closed doors at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England, on Monday. Photograph: Handout/ECB via Getty Images

England coach Chris Silverwood believes star all-rounder Ben Stokes will make up for a great leader when he replaces Joe Root as captain for the first Test against the West Indies starting Southampton on July 8.

 

England's World Cup hero Ben Stokes was on Tuesday named captain for the opening Test against West Indies in place of Root, who has taken leave to be with his wife for the birth of their second child.

Having never led a side in first-class cricket, star all-rounder Stokes will be captaining the national team for the first time in his career when England and West Indies lock horns in the opening Test of the three-match series at the Ageas Bowl.

"I think he will do a great job. He is a talisman, isn't he? He leads from the front anyway. He is conscious of the people around him as well so I think he will do a great job in Joe Root's absence," Silverwood was quoted as saying by The Guardian newspaper.

Joe Root bats at a nets session held indoors on Tuesday 

IMAGE: Joe Root bats at a nets session held indoors on Tuesday. Photograph: Handout/ECB via Getty Images

"We know he has got an aggressive nature but equally there is a good cricket brain in there as well. I think he will be quite vocal about what moves he is making out there.

"I'm looking forward to working with him from a coaching point of view. I will extend him the same courtesies I do Rooty. He will have a lot of say in what is going on and he will play a big part in giving his opinions across selection as well," he said.

The English coach is not reading much into Stokes's lack of leadership experience.              

"He's been Rooty's right-hand man for a while now. I know Rooty does turn to him a lot. He's been involved in a lot of talks we have behind the scenes," Silverwood added.

Jos Buttler practices his wicketkeeping during an England training session on Tuesday

IMAGE: Jos Buttler practices his wicketkeeping during an England training session on Tuesday. Photograph: Handout/ECB via Getty Images

Stokes had said on Monday that captaining his country even just once in his career would be a “huge honour” but admits it was never a massive ambition.

“I mean, it’s not like it’s not a big deal. Getting the opportunity to captain England is a huge honour. Even if it’s only the once, you can say you captained England.

“So it’s something that I’m looking forward to if the opportunity presents itself. But also I know I’m only stepping in to take over the reins because of Joe’s personal situation.”

Silverwood also revealed that Jos Buttler will be Stokes’s deputy in the opening Test. 

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