English fast bowler Mark Wood has said that Ben Stokes will be an absolutely brilliant captain when he leads the team in the first Test match against West Indies from July 8. Mark Wood expects star all-rounder Ben Stokes to do a brilliant job as England captain in the first Test against the West Indies despite the lack of leadership experience.
England’s World Cup hero Ben Stokes was on Tuesday named captain for the opening Test against West Indies in place of Joe Root, who has taken leave to be with his wife for the birth of their second child. Stokes has never led any side in first-class cricket but will be captaining the national team for the first time in his career when the opening Test begins at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton from July 8.
Now, Mark Wood has said that Ben Stokes will be brilliant as the England captain and that the English team will perform fantastically under his leadership.
Mark Wood Heaps Praise On Ben Stokes
“He has a good cricket brain and, even though he does not have much captaincy experience, he will have seasoned players like James Anderson and Stuart Broad around to bounce ideas off,” Wood wrote in a column for BBC.
“Stokesy won’t not just tell people what to do. He knows that players are individuals, so he will treat them as such. That said, he is also very honest, so he won’t be afraid to tell it straight if someone is not pulling their weight or sticking to a plan. He will do a brilliant job,” Mark Wood added.
I Have Played Under Ben Stokes’ Leadership In Durham: Mark Wood
“I am one of the few people who have actually played under Stokesy, back in our days on the Durham academy. He was a good skipper back then, leading from the front, just like he does now,” Wood said.
“As the years have gone on, he has matured into a senior player, setting the example and dragging people along with him,” he added.
England are currently slated to face West Indies in the three-match Test series starting July 8 at the Ageas Bowl. Also, The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is contemplating relaxing their Covid-19 testing policy ahead of the tour of England.