Ben Stokes: the new captain for England men’s Test team

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England has announced that Ben Stokes will succeed Joe Root as men’s Test captain. Root stepped down as England’s captain on Good Friday after five years, citing the toll and impact of leading the team. With England having won only one of their last 17 Tests, the newly installed managing director of men’s cricket, Rob Key, has wasted no time in turning to the most obvious candidate to succeed Root, all-rounder Ben Stokes. Stokes said that, “I am honoured to be given the chance to lead the England Test team. This is a real privilege, and I’m excited about getting started this summer.” “I want to thank Joe for everything he has done for English cricket and for always being a great ambassador for the sport all across the world. He has been a massive part of my development as a leader in the dressing room, and he will continue to be a key ally for me in this role.” 


Stokes’ first Test as England’s permanent captain will be against New Zealand at Lord’s on June 2nd. From the nail-biting innings that set up England’s World Cup victory in 2019 to his match-winning century against Australia a few weeks later, the 30-year-old has been a magical player for England in both Test and one-day cricket. Durham’s all-rounder has 5,061 Test runs at a strike rate of 35.89 and 174 wickets to his name. His career appeared to be jeopardised during a tumultuous off-field period in 2017-18, when he was arrested, charged, but ultimately found not guilty of affray following a brawl outside a Bristol nightclub following an international one-day game.


“I had no hesitation in offering Ben the role of Test captain,” said Rob Key, the cricket team’s managing director. He personifies the mindset and approach we want to see this team take as it enters the next era of red-ball cricket. “I am overjoyed that he has accepted, and that he is prepared for the added responsibility and honour. He is completely deserving of the opportunity.” “I am delighted that Ben has agreed to become England men’s Test captain, which is another great achievement in his extraordinary career in an England shirt,” said ECB CEO Tom Harrison. “ He cares deeply and passionately about what it means to represent England and he will lead us into a new era with great pride. It’s an important summer for our Test side and Ben will, I am sure, relish the challenge before him and his team.”

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