England batsman Zak Crawley, who is included in the 30-men squad to play in the three-match Test series against West Indies, has backed Ben Stokes to be the stand-in captain in the first Test match starting from July 8.
The regular Test captain Joe Root will be unavailable for the first Test of the forthcoming home series against West Indies because he is expecting his second child’s birth during that time. And according to ECB’s guideline, Root, after returning from hospital, will have to go under seven days quarantine. So, his deputy Ben Stokes has been given the role of captain in the opening Test while Jonny Bairstow has been made the vice-captain.
Ben Stokes is going to be a very good captain: Zak Crawley
Although Ben Stokes would captain in one match, but there has been a huge debate on him taking the responsible job. Zak Crawley, who last year made the debut for England against New Zealand, has supported the allrounder, saying that he is already a big leader. He is confident that Stokes would impressively lead the team.
“Ben is already a big leader in the team, so he is not going to have any problems leading in the first Test,” Crawley told Sky Sports Cricket.
“He has played a lot of cricket and is a very experienced player so he is going to be a very good captain,” he added.
Interestingly, Ben Stokes has never captained in the first-class cricket. It will be his first Test series as a captain.
Meanwhile, the West Indies have already arrived in England last month. They are serving the quarantine period at Old Trafford. Once all the COVID-19 tests will be done, the Test series will begin from July 8. It will be the first bilateral series that will be played amid the crises.