Ben Stokes named as new England Test captain following Joe Root’s resignation

Ben Stokes has been officially unveiled as England’s new Test captain, following the resignation of Joe Root earlier this month.

Root opted to stand down from the role after a poor Ashes series and a series loss to the West Indies, but will continue to play for England and look to continue on his strong individual form from 2021. 

Stokes was the logical choice for the role, with the England Cricket Board (ECB) announcing the appointment on Thursday.

“I am honoured to be given the chance to lead the England Test team,” Stokes said.

“This is a real privilege, and I’m excited about getting started this summer.

“I want to thank Joe for everything he has done for English Cricket and for always being a great ambassador for the sport all across the world.

“He has been a massive part of my development as a leader in the dressing room, and he will continue to be a key ally for me in this role.”

Stokes has had a controversial journey during his cricket career, but has cemented himself as one of the game’s best all-rounders in recent years. 

The 30-year-old has scored over 5,000 runs in the Test arena, including 11 centuries and a high-score of 258.

Managing director of England Men’s Cricket Rob Key said it was an easy decision to appoint Stokes as the new skipper. 

“I had no hesitation in offering the role of Test captain to Ben,” he said. 

“He epitomises the mentality and approach we want to take this team forward into the next era of red-ball cricket.

“I am delighted that he has accepted, and he is ready for the added responsibility and the honour.

“He thoroughly deserves the opportunity.”

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