Ben Stokes feels getting opportunity to captain England huge honor: England all-rounder Ben Stokes is poised to guide the staff within the first Take a look at in opposition to West Indies on July eight with captain Joe Root more likely to miss the sport to attend the delivery of his second little one.

Ben Stokes feels getting opportunity to captain England huge honor

Ben Stokes can be England in first Take a look at in opposition to West Indies. (AP Picture)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ben Stokes has mentioned that he’s honoured to captain England in 1st Take a look at vs West Indies
  • Joe Root will miss the opening Take a look at in opposition to Windies because of private causes
  • West Indies nare touring England for 3-mtach Take a look at collection

England’s talisman Ben Stokes says captaining his nation even simply as soon as in his profession could be a “enormous honour” however admits it was by no means an enormous ambition.

The all-rounder is poised to guide the staff within the first Take a look at in opposition to West Indies on July eight with captain Joe Root more likely to miss the sport to attend the delivery of his second little one.

“So it’s one thing that I’m wanting ahead to if the chance presents itself. But additionally I do know I’m solely stepping in to take over the reins due to Joe’s private scenario.”

Stokes has matured since his well-chronicled disciplinary issues and was inspirational as England gained the World Cup final yr. He’s now Root’s trusted vice-captain.

He mentioned the final time he captained a staff was throughout an academy sport in opposition to Scotland when he was an adolescent.

“I by no means set a aim to wish to be a captain,” Stokes mentioned. “For those who take a look at Alastair Prepare dinner he was destined to be captain after Andrew Strauss and Joe Root was destined to be captain after Alastair Prepare dinner, you realize who the subsequent one can be when one is coming in direction of the top of his profession.

“If I’m being trustworthy, I’m not a kind of who individuals would essentially affiliate with being subsequent England captain. However I’m wanting ahead to the chance of doing it.”

Ought to Stokes captain the aspect subsequent week in Southampton — a match being performed in a bio-secure stadium with out followers due to the COVID-19 pandemic — he says he can be properly ready.

“Having the ability be taught from Cookie and Joe Root in several conditions within the sport has rubbed off on me and can put me in good stead for all of the conditions a Take a look at match can throw at you,” he mentioned.

“On the identical time we’ve got some skilled guys out on the sector I can use like Jimmy (Anderson) and (Stuart Broad) Broady, so many individuals to throw concepts off.”

Stokes mentioned being captain or not, his type won’t change.

“I all the time attempt to set the instance by way of dedication and perspective,” he mentioned. “When it comes all the way down to what to do in a scenario it’ll all the time be a constructive route.”

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