Since team captain Joe Root is unavailable for the upcoming match, he advised Ben Stokes to lead the team in his own way.
English captain Joe Root will not make it to the team’s first test match because of the birth of his child. With that, the captaincy was temporarily passed on to Ben Stokes. As Stokes had his photoshoot for being England’s 81st Test captain, he tried on the blazer and had noticed a handwritten note from Root on the hanger which read ‘Do it your way’.
Asked about their upcoming match with the West Indies, Stokes said, ‘This is a massive occasion tomorrow for a lot of people around England. We know we have that responsibility on our shoulders, to go out and do justice for all those people. It puts us back into the question about no crowd - we can't use that as an excuse to not feel up for this game because we know we have hundreds of thousands of people following us and wanting us to do well back home watching us on TV’.
Even though Stokes will only serve as the captain for one game, he will always be England’s 81st Test captain. With that, he shared how he and his family consider it to be a proud moment in their lives and in his career. Still, he promises that he will take Root’s advice and lead the team in his own special way.
The start of the West Indies tour of England marks the start of cricket around the world. Even though the games are held behind closed doors, it is guaranteed that both teams will do their best to dominate the three-Test match series. The odds of the game are -1000 for England and +527 for the West Indies. To observe the odds of the game, stay updated with Betwala.
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