Manchester: Ben Stokes is ready to be stand-in captain for England against West Indies as Joe Root likely to miss the series to be there at the birth of his second child.
Root was in talks with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to sort out the solution for him attending the birth of his child and rejoining the camp but it looked impossible as the series will take place in ‘bio-secure’ environment with no player allowed to leave the team during the matches.
The regular captain had already recommended vice-captain Stokes to lead the side in his presence.
Now, Stokes has shown his commitment to lead the team in the absence of Root. “I’m the Scottie Pippen to Joe [Root]’s Michael Jordan. It is his team,” Stokes wrote in his column in The Mirror.
“I understand where Joe is taking the team and how he wants to lead it. So although I’ll make my own calls on the field and do the job as I see it as the game evolves, everything else will very much be the same as when Joe is there,” he added.
West Indies are due to play three Tests and a T20I in England and it will be first International tour since cricket activities were ban for over three month due to COVID-19 outbreak.