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England Test captain Joe Root may miss the first game of the upcoming three-match home Test series against West Indies due to birth of his second child. While the Test vice-captain Ben Stokes will handle the leadership role in case of absence of the present Test skipper, Root has hugely supported the all-rounder.
After battling against the coronavirus, the England cricket team is now getting ready to begin their new home season. On last Tuesday (2nd June), the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced the proposed dates and venues of the three-match Test series against West Indies, which will be part of the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship.
Ages Bowl (Southampton) will host the first game of the Test series between England and West Indies from 8th June. The next two Tests of this series will be played at Emirates Old Trafford (Manchester) which will begin on 16th and 24th July respectively.
On the other hand, Joe Root’s wife, Carrie Root, is likely to give birth to their second child in early July. Root feels that this special date can clash with the Southampton Test though he isn’t sure about it. If the expectation becomes a reality, Root can miss the opening game of this Test series.
Root said according to Reuters, “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.
“It will have to come down to government guidelines and we have to make sure we follow those protocols and do whatever is right by that.”
Ben Stokes gets the best out of players around him and gives the whole team a lift: Joe Root
In the absence of Root, Ben Stokes will lead the England Test team. Root has highly praised the 28-year-old all-rounder’s leadership quality by claiming that Stokes always inspires the entire teammate with his never-give-up attitude and actions.
Root claimed, “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.
“Those are great qualities to have as 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.”
Ben Stokes has played 63 Tests, 95 ODIs and 26 T20Is, but hasn’t experienced the captaincy of the England cricket team yet.