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English all-rounder Ben Stokes has said that he is proud to be in a position to lead the England National Cricket Team where he might replace Joe Root as England skipper against the West Indies. Ben Stokes has not captained any side since he was a teenager. Stokes was restored to his position as Test vice-captain in July 2019, nearly a year after being found not guilty of affray following an incident outside a nightclub.
Stokes could find himself leading out the team for next week’s first Test at Southampton, or later in the three-match series, should Joe Root, the regular captain, be absent attending the birth of his second child. Stokes played a key role in England’s World Cup triumph before scoring a stunning century at Headingley to win an astounding Test victory over Australia.
Now, Stokes has said that said he would accept the huge honour if it came his way. West Indies will take on England in the first of the three-match series from July 8.
Ben Stokes Opens Up On His Captaincy Role In The England Cricket Team
“Even if it’s only the once you can still say ‘yeah, I’ve captained England’,” he told a conference call on Monday.
“After that happened it was ‘right, what am I going to do from this point forward?” Stokes told Sky in a separate interview as he recalled the incident. “How am I going to carry and conduct myself?”.
“I’m quite proud to say I’m in this situation through hard work and determination. I wanted to get better and it’s been no fluke,” Stokes added.
England To Play Against West Indies In The Series That Marks The Return Of Cricket
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.
England will select the side from a 30-man squad currently training at a bio-secure Southampton, with a three-day intra-squad match, their lone warm-up fixture, starting on Wednesday.