England all-rounder Ben Stokes is poised to guide the group within the first Check towards West Indies on July eight with captain Joe Root prone to miss the sport to attend the beginning of his second baby.
Ben Stokes shall be England in first Check towards West Indies. (AP Picture)
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England’s talisman Ben Stokes says captaining his nation even simply as soon as in his profession can be a “large honour” however admits it was by no means a large ambition.
The all-rounder is poised to guide the group within the first Check towards West Indies on July eight with captain Joe Root prone to miss the sport to attend the beginning of his second baby.
“So it’s one thing that I’m wanting ahead to if the chance presents itself. But additionally I do know I’m solely stepping in to take over the reins due to Joe’s private scenario.”
Stokes has matured since his well-chronicled disciplinary issues and was inspirational as England gained the World Cup final 12 months. He’s now Root’s trusted vice-captain.
He mentioned the final time he captained a group was throughout an academy sport towards Scotland when he was a youngster.
“I by no means set a objective to need to be a captain,” Stokes mentioned. “If you happen to have a look at Alastair Prepare dinner he was destined to be captain after Andrew Strauss and Joe Root was destined to be captain after Alastair Prepare dinner, you understand who the subsequent one shall be when one is coming in the direction of the tip of his profession.
“If I’m being sincere, I’m not a kind of who folks would essentially affiliate with being subsequent England captain. However I’m wanting ahead to the chance of doing it.”
Ought to Stokes captain the facet subsequent week in Southampton — a match being performed in a bio-secure stadium with out followers due to the COVID-19 pandemic — he says he shall be properly ready.
“Having the ability study from Cookie and Joe Root in numerous conditions within the sport has rubbed off on me and can put me in good stead for all of the conditions a Check match can throw at you,” he mentioned.
“On the identical time we’ve some skilled guys out on the sphere I can use like Jimmy (Anderson) and (Stuart Broad) Broady, so many individuals to throw concepts off.”
Stokes mentioned being captain or not, his type is not going to change.
“I all the time attempt to set the instance when it comes to dedication and perspective,” he mentioned. “When it comes all the way down to what to do in a scenario it can all the time be a constructive route.”