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Root to miss first Test against West Indies, backs Stokes to lead


England Test captain Joe Root says that he would miss the first Test against West Indies in Southampton as he is going to be the father of the second child.

Root to miss first Test against West Indies, backs Stokes to lead

Joe Root wants to be next to his child-bearing wife in early July. The first Test of the series will start on July 8. The England captain is still in a dilemma as to whether he can combine the two schedules.

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Moreover, during the coronavirus period, there are many restrictions on the movement of players during this series. It is unknown at this time what he will do. Joe Root has left the whole matter in the hands of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). “I have to follow the instructions given by our medical team,” he said. “I am waiting to see.”

The question is who will captain Joe Root if he can’t play in the Southampton Test. The answer is simple – Ben Stokes. Ben Stokes is now the vice-captain of the England Test team. If there is no regular captain, then he has to fulfill the responsibility.

“If Ben was captain, he would be fantastic. One of his great qualities as vice-captain is he sets the example – the way he goes about his training, how he wants to bowl in difficult circumstances, the way he stands up in different scenarios with the bat. He drags people with him and gets the best out of the players around him.

“That’s a great quality to have as a leader and something he can take into captaincy if he was to get the opportunity. I could see him doing a very good job,” said Root.

Joe Root, 29, got the captaincy of England Test team in 2017. Joe Root has captained England in 39 Tests.

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