England’s veteran fast bowler Stuart Broad reckons that Ben Stokes will be brilliant as the captain of the side. Stokes will lead England in the first Test against West Indies, which will take place at Rose Bowl, Southampton from July 8. England’s full-time Test captain Joe Root will miss the first Test due to the birth of his second child. However, Root will be back for the final two Test matches and thus Stokes will only lead for a solitary Test match.
Meanwhile, Ben Stokes has been in sublime form in the recent past and he would look to lead from the front. Stokes has never led England in the past but Broad feels that Stokes will be fine for one Test match. The talisman all-rounder has been the vice-captain for a long time and he has the experience as a deputy to Joe Root.
Ben Stokes is in the form of his life
Stokes has a great cricketing brain and he would like to deliver the goods. On the other hand, Ben Stokes was in the form of his life last season as he had scored a magnum opus knock of 135 at Headingley against Australia in the Ashes.
“Stokes will be fine. The toughest part of the job is off the field, lots of extra meetings and planning, which he won’t have to get involved in,” Broad told reporters in a virtual news conference.
“He has a great cricket brain, he has grown and matured over the last few years so captaining one game will be easy. There won’t be much pressure as he’s not being judged over a long period of time. I have no doubts he will be brilliant.”
Ben Stokes has all the experience and he would look to lead with aplomb. On the other hand, West Indies players will support the ‘Black Lives Matter’ logo on their collar.