All-rounder Ben Stokes has been named the new Test captain of the England team. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has taken this decision after Joe Root stepped down as captain. Stokes, who has played 79 Test matches, has scored 5,061 runs in 146 innings at an average of 35.89. During this, his highest score has been 258 runs.
After becoming the captain, Stokes said I want to thank Joe Root for everything he has done for English cricket. He has always remained a great ambassador of sports across the world. Root has been a big part of my growth as a leader in the dressing room, and he will continue to be an important ally to me in this role. Stokes is known as the most aggressive all-rounder in modern-day cricket.
Stokes has also scored 11 centuries, 1 double century, and 26 half-centuries in his career. As a bowler, he has taken 174 wickets. Currently, Stokes is ranked 28th in the ICC batting rankings and 41st in the bowling rankings. Stokes is the second all-rounder after Ian Botham to become the Test captain of England.
Stokes can change the approach at any time with his batting and bowling. Root resigned from the captaincy after the 1-0 series loss against the West Indies. In fact, he had been facing criticism since the humiliating 4-0 defeat in the Ashes series against Australia.
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The new director of the team expressed his desire to take English cricket to a new era
England’s new director of men’s cricket, Rob Key, said: “I had no hesitation in offering Ben the role of Test captain. He embodies the mindset and vision we want to lead this team into the next era of Test cricket.” Stokes’ first match as England’s permanent captain was the three-Test match against New Zealand at Lord’s on 2 June. will be in the series.