Ben Stokes to captain England in first West Indies Test

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Regular skipper Root is now with his wife, who is due to give birth to the couple's second child this week, with health protocols around England's bio-secure "bubble" meaning he won't be allowed back in time for the start of the first Test on July 8.

Strict health protocols dictate that Root should as a result not be part of group gatherings immediately after his wife leaves the hospital.

England will take on West Indies on July 8 at Southampton, to commence the three-match Test series, also marking the resumption of cricket under new guidelines imposed by ICC.

England Cricket on its official Twitter handle shared a video of seamer James Anderson, who bowled 18 overs for Team Stokes, following the rules despite wicket-keeper Ben Foakes raising his hands for a customary high-five out of habit.

"I think heĀ“ll do a great job". This match, as will be the case with the series itself, is taking place without a crowd and Bracey admitted playing in front of no spectators at all had led to a debate among the players over whether to liven up the atmosphere in the manner of a one-day game.

Former England paceman Silverwood added: "It will be interesting to see what he does because obviously it is his first time captaining England". He's really good at going through the gears but it's really important to know he's got a really good defensive game that comes with it.


Before the announcement, Stokes said he had never set a goal to become England captain but he was nevertheless looking forward to the opportunity.

The second Test at Old Trafford in Manchester starts on 16 July with all three matches set to be played behind closed doors.

Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler will assume the role of vice-captain on the English South Coast in a match that will mark the return of worldwide cricket.

Among some of the selection issues still to be clarified are the top four, the first-choice spinner and the composition of the fast-bowling attack.

Moeen Ali and Jack Leach will be in Team Stokes, with fellow spinners Dom Bess and Matt Parkinson representing Team Buttler.

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