England allrounder Ben Stokes is considerating to lead the team in the first Test match of the series against the West Indies in July. He will be taking the captaincy role because the regular Test captain Joe Root will be missing the first Test as he is expecting the birth of his second child at the same time.
According to ECB, Root will have to go under a seven-day quarantine period after attending his child’s birth. So, Root had openly advised Ben Stokes’ names for the captaincy role.
However, former England great Kevin Pietersen had shown his discontent to give the responsible job to the allrounder. He said that captaincy would be an added burden on Stokes, which would affect his performance.
There is a chance our skipper Joe Root may miss a Test: Ben Stokes
Perhaps, Stokes thinks himself as the right contender to take on the role. Being Joe Root’s deputy, he said that he knows the skippers’ strategies and tactics. He believes that he could lead the team in the same way as Joe does when in the field.
“There is a chance our skipper Joe Root may miss a Test this summer because he and his wife are expecting their second child. That would mean me as vice-captain having to step up,” Ben Stokes wrote in a column for ‘Daily Mirror’.
“I understand where Joe is taking the team and how he wants to lead it. So although I’ll make my own calls on the field and do the job as I see it as the game evolves, everything else will very much be the same as when Joe is there,” Ben Stokes added.
Meanwhile, England will become the first country to host series since the outbreak of the coronavirus. They will first play the Test series against West Indies starting from July 8. The Caribbeans have already landed there earlier this week and are following a three-week quarantine period.