Stokes “honoured” to accept England captaincy

Ben Stokes and Joe Root

All-rounder Ben Stokes says it is a “real privilege” to be named England (3/1 Cricket World Cup 2023 Outright) captain after it was confirmed he would succeed Joe Root in the role.

England searched for a new man to step into the fray after Root stepped down following a five-year stint earlier in April.

Root led the national side for a record 64 Tests, having been appointed in 2017, but he elected to step aside in the midst of the unsuccessful tour of the West Indies (12/1 Cricket World Cup 2023 Outright).

Stokes was announced as England’s new leader on Thursday, and he certainly isn’t short on experience as the national side looks to rebuild.

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The 30-year-old has scored 5,061 runs and claimed 174 wickets in 79 Tests, and he has been vice-captain across two spells since 2017.

Stokes said: “I am honoured to be given the chance to lead the England Test team.

“This is a real privilege, and I’m excited about getting started this summer.”

The all-rounder did captain England in the first Test defeat by West Indies in 2020 when Root missed the match to be at the birth of his second child.

New managing director of England men’s cricket, Rob Key, made the call, and Stokes’ first Test as permanent captain will be against world champions New Zealand (8/1 Cricket World Cup 2023 Outright) at Lord’s on June 2nd.

Key said: “I had no hesitation in offering the role of Test captain to Ben.

“He epitomises the mentality and approach we want to take this team forward into the next era of red-ball cricket.

“I am delighted that he has accepted, and he is ready for the added responsibility and the honour. He thoroughly deserves the opportunity.”

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