Joe Root to miss the first Test against West Indies, Ben Stokes to lead in his absence

After lacking the primary Check, the England skipper is predicted to affix again the squad for the ultimate two Checks.

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England captain Joe Root and Ben Stokes in dialogue. (Picture by Mike Hewitt/Getty Photos)

To set the ball rolling amid COVID-19 debacle, England and West Indies are set to brace the sphere in a three-match Check sequence ranging from July eight on the Ageas Bowl. With the primary match on the Ageas Bowl and the remaining two on the Outdated Trafford in Manchester, each the edges will script historical past by taking part in the first-ever sequence within the post-coronavirus world.

The sequence is predicted to be one-of-a-kind because of the taking part in situations. All of the matches will likely be performed with out spectators and the gamers will likely be residing in a biosecure atmosphere throughout the course of the sequence. The Three Lions had just lately introduced 30-member coaching squad for the sequence comprising stalwarts like Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Anderson, Moeen Ali and Jofra Archer.

Nevertheless, amongst all of the outstanding names, skipper Joe Root gained’t be bracing the sphere within the first Check. The England captain will go away the coaching camp on the Ageas Bowl on Wednesday to be along with his spouse Carrie, who’s anticipating the couple’s second baby later this week.

Together with the primary Check, Root may also miss England’s three-day intra-squad warm-up match on Wednesday. 29-year-old Root’s absence was extensively anticipated because of the anticipated start of his second baby. Root’s unavailability was additionally confirmed by the ICC on Twitter.

Jos Buttler will function the vice-captain within the first Check

In Root’s absence, vice-captain Ben Stokes will likely be on the helm for the primary time within the first Check. Jos Buttler will function his deputy within the opening match.

Following the well being protocols, Root will start a seven-day self-isolation interval at dwelling as soon as he leaves the hospital along with his household. After lacking the primary Check, the England skipper is predicted to affix again the squad for the ultimate two Checks. Manchester is slated to host the second and third Check of the sequence.

Upon his appointment because the skipper, Stokes expressed his feeling and mentioned that it’s an enormous honour to guide the facet. “I’m not a kind of individuals that folks would essentially affiliate as being the following England captain,” mentioned Stokes as quoted by Hindustan Instances.

“I’m actually trying ahead to the chance. However being a captain has by no means been an actual aim, it’s nearly profitable. It’s an enormous honour to consider. On the identical time, I do know I’m solely stepping in to take over for one recreation due to Joe’s private scenario,” he added

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