London. Ben Stokes was appointed as the captain of the England Test team on Thursday. Stokes has been entrusted with this very pressing responsibility within a few months of his return from the game due to mental health reasons. He will replace all-rounder Joe Root, who stepped down two weeks ago after England had won only one of their last 17 Test matches. Root was the captain of England for 5 years. This is the first major decision of Rob Key. Former England Test batsman Rob was recently appointed as the Managing Director of men’s cricket in England. He has assumed the responsibility at a time when the national team is going through a difficult phase and does not even have a head coach.
Rob Key said that he is sure that Ben Stokes is ready to take on the captaincy, while he spent most of 2021 away from cricket to focus on his health and recover from two finger operations. Being made the Test captain could mean that Stokes gets to play fewer ODIs and T20Is. Rob said, ‘We have to do this. We have to focus on workload management. We have to see where he needs to be fed. The priority at this time is Test cricket.
Anderson and Broad will return
He said that I do not think we need to think much about this. We have to make sure that he is in good shape mentally and we can then feed him as per the requirement. Announcing Stokes’ new role, Rob said veteran pacers James Anderson and Stuart Broad will also be available for selection. Anderson and Broad, the two most successful bowlers in England’s Test history, were controversially left out of the squad for the recent West Indies tour.
Have to play a test with Team India
The England team will play Test series against New Zealand and South Africa this summer and will also play the final Test of the 5-match Test series against India. Which was canceled last year due to Kovid-19. India is leading 2-1 in the series. Rob said about Broad, 35, and Anderson, 39, that before announcing it, I called both of them and said that according to me, both of you will be available for selection.
Test coach will also be different
He said that I cannot promise that you will play, but you will be available for selection. Rob said that Ben Stokes was clear that he wanted Jimmy and Broad in the team. It will totally depend on what will be the best XI to win a Test match. Other than that nothing. Robb said a new head coach would soon be appointed to guide the men’s Test and limited overs team. He stressed that the same person cannot fulfill both the responsibilities.
He said that it has become a task which has become almost impossible to be done by a coach. The removal of the bio bubble created for the team is expected to reduce the mental burden on the players and the coaching staff. This could make the path of Stokes easier. Rob said that he (Stokes) cares about the people around him. He understands why people are struggling. He understands why people are not feeling right. He said that with all these things a good cricketing mind makes him the strongest choice. Stokes said that when he takes over the captaincy, Root will continue to be his important ally.