Ben Stokes England Test Captain: The England Cricket Board on Thursday announced the new captain of the Test team. After the resignation of Joe Root, the board has entrusted this responsibility to all-rounder Ben Stokes. Stokes was the vice-captain of the Test team, so it was expected that he would get the captaincy. After being appointed the captain of the Test team, Stokes said that he was honoured.
Ben Stokes said, “I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the England Test team. It’s a real privilege, and I’m excited to start this summer.
He added, “I want to thank Joe (Root) for everything he has done for English cricket and for always being a great ambassador for the game around the world. He has been a big part of my growth as a leader in the dressing room, and he will continue to be a vital ally for me in this role.”
Ben Stokes made his Test debut in 2013. During this, he took 174 wickets in 79 matches, scoring 5061 runs. In 2017 he was appointed the vice-captain of the Test team. He has also captained in the absence of Root.
Root has announced to step down as the captain of the Test team after the humiliating defeats against Australia and West Indies. England’s performance in the World Test Championship 2021-2023 under Root’s captaincy was disappointing. The team has managed to win only one match out of 13 during this period. England is at the bottom of the WTC points table at 10th position.