Ben Stokes mentioned he was “proud” to be able the place he may change Joe Root as England skipper against the West Indies, regardless that he has not captained a aspect since he was an adolescent. Vice-captain Stokes may discover himself main out the crew for subsequent week’s first Test at Southampton — or later within the three-match sequence — ought to Root be absent attending the delivery of his second little one. However the highly effective all-rounder mentioned he would settle for the “large honour” if it got here his approach. “Even when it is solely the as soon as you may nonetheless say ‘yeah, I’ve captained England’,” he informed a convention name on Monday.
Stokes was restored to his place as Take a look at vice-captain in July 2019, almost a yr after being discovered not responsible of affray following an incident outside a nightclub.
“After that occurred it was ‘proper, what am I going to do from this level ahead?,” Stokes informed Sky in a separate interview as he recalled the incident. “How am I going to hold and conduct myself?’
“I am fairly proud to say I am on this scenario via exhausting work and dedication. I wished to get higher and it has been no fluke.”
However Stokes, who final led a cricket crew aged 16 for Durham Academy, insisted captaincy had by no means been on his record of priorities.
“I’ve by no means set a purpose to need to be a captain,” defined the 29-year-old.
“Alastair Prepare dinner was at all times destined to be England captain after Andrew Strauss. Joe Root was at all times destined to be captain after Alastair Prepare dinner.
“If I am being sincere, I am not a kind of that individuals would essentially affiliate (as) the subsequent England captain.”
‘9 slips and a gully’
With Stokes already England’s star all-rounder, pundits together with former captain Kevin Pietersen have mentioned he doesn’t want the additional accountability of captaincy as properly.
However Stokes, who jokingly mentioned he would have “9 slips and a gully” as captain, insisted management wouldn’t uninteresting his attacking method.
Final yr he performed a key position in England’s World Cup triumph earlier than scoring a shocking century at Headingley to win an astounding Take a look at victory over Australia.
“Even when I’m in cost that is not going to vary the way in which that I am going about issues, when it comes to how I need to affect the sport, which is attempt to make a constructive impact with the ball or bat in my hand,” he mentioned.
One drawback for Stokes, as fellow pace-bowling all-rounders Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff found after they had been England captain, may very well be deciding on when to bowl himself.
“It relies upon if it’s a flat wicket or not. Whether it is flat I’ll throw the ball to Jofra (Archer), Jimmy (Anderson) and Broady (Stuart Broad) and say ‘right here you go’,” he joked.
“I suppose I must be a bit extra conscious if I’m the one making that call.”
England will choose a aspect from a 30-man squad at present coaching at a bio-secure Southampton, with a three-day intra-squad match — their lone warm-up fixture — beginning on Wednesday.
Nationwide selector Ed Smith and his panel will decide the crew however England captains, nevertheless, historically have an affect upon the ultimate XI and Stokes admitted: “I won’t have as many mates after this Take a look at match.”
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