After Joe Root’s resignation, England have named Ben Stokes as Test captain. Ben Stokes expressed his utmost happiness after being appointed as Test captain, He said that it is huge honor to lead England’s Test side. He said that he is looking forward to home summer this year.
He said that acknowledges the amount of services given by Joe Root as Test captain. He said that Root has been tremendous ambassador for the game across the globe. Ben Stokes further stated that Root has been instrumental in developing him as a leader in the dressing room.
After making his Test debut in December 2013, Ben Stokes has played 79 matches for England’s men’s national cricket. In 2017, Ben Stokes was named vice-captain and also served as interim captain in the absence of Joe Root, who was on paternity leave during the summer of 2020.
In Test cricket, Ben Stokes has represented England in 79 Test matches, in which he has accumulated 5,061 runs at an average of 35.89 with eleven tons and twenty-six half-centuries. With the ball in hand, Stokes has claimed 174 runs at an average of 32.12 with four five-wicket hauls to his name.
After his appointment, Ben Stokes is the 81st Test captain of England’s men national cricket. ECB Interim Chair and CEO, Tom Harrison approved the appointment following the suggestions from England Men’s Cricket, Managing Director Rob Key.
England Men’s Cricket Managing Director, Rob Key said that Ben Stokes was the obvious choice for Test captaincy. Key said that Stokes has a positive attitude towards the game and is the right candidate to lead the side into the next era of red-ball cricket. He expressed his pleasure after Stokes was more than happy to take over the reins from Joe Root.
Tom Harrison said that he is delighted that Ben Stokes has accepted the offer to become the Test captain of the side. He further stated that this summer for England’s Test team and hopes Ben Stokes enjoy challenges that are before him and his unit.