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England -West Indies first Test: Ben Stokes to be captain for Joe Root absent

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Ben Stokes will captain England For the very first time next week after it was verified Joe Root would miss the first Test against West Indies to attend the birth of his second child.

Root, 29, will leave England’s training camp at Southampton on Wednesday, with the arrival expected later this week.

With The series being held at a bio-secure surroundings, Root will need to self-isolate for a week after leaving hospital before rejoining the squad.

The first Test begins on 8 July.

England coach Chris Silverwood stated Stokes was a”talisman” that”leads from the front”.

He added:”He’s aware of the people around him, so I think he’ll do a great job in Rooty’s lack.

“It Will be interesting to see what he does, because clearly it’s his first time captaining England. We know he’s got an aggressive nature, but equally there is a great cricket brain in there as well.

“He’ll have a lot of say in what is going on and he will play a large part in giving his remarks throughout the selection also.”

Root will rejoin the squad on 13 July prior to the next Test at Emirates Old Trafford, which begins on 16 July.

He’ll also miss the three-day intra-squad warm-up game in Southampton, which begins on Wednesday.

In Root’s lack, Stokes will captain one facet and Jos Buttler, that has been confirmed as vice-captain for the first Test, will lead a second.

From The 30 guys who have been training in Southampton, 27 will take part in the match. As well as Root, pace bowler Jamie Overton and spinner Amar Virdi overlook.

Teams for England intra-squad training match

Team Stokes: Dominic Sibley, Keaton Jennings, Zak Crawley, Jonathan Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Ben Foakes, Moeen Ali, Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Jack Leach, Olly Stone, James Anderson, Saqib Mahmood.Team Buttler: Rory Burns, James Bracey, Joe Denly, Dan Lawrence, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (c), Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Dominic Bess, Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Matthew Parkinson, Ollie Robinson.

“It is a great opportunity for some players to show us what they can Do in this game,” explained Silverwood. “We have mixed up the sides to create make it as competitive as possible.

“I am sure there will be some in there who are very keen to impress”

Buttler’s Jonny Bairstow along with the uncapped James Bracey are also involved with the training game, and all four will be expected to maintain wicket at some point.

With Root Not playing in the first Test, it seems most likely that England’s best four will be Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley and Joe Denly, though the intra-squad game also allows Essex’s Dan Lawrence the chance to impress.

Moeen Ali, Dom Bess and Jack Leach are competing for what Is likely to be just one spinner’s spot, although there are probably just three pace-bowling berths for James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Sam Curran and Chris Woakes.

Others, for example Lancashire leg-spinner Matt Parkinson, all-rounder Lewis Gregory, and quick bowlers Craig Overton, Saqib Mahmood, Olly Stone and Ollie Robinson can push their situation should accidents or the necessity to rotate appear later in the summertime.

“I expect hard chords,” explained Silverwood. “I am looking forward to seeing what some of the other guys can do.”

The intra-squad game, which begins at 11:00 BST, will be streamed on the England and Wales Cricket Board’s website.

In West Indies’ second intra-squad match in Manchester, captain Jason Holder was dismissed cheaply again when play finally got under way on day two following rain.

Holder, who had been dismissed for a first-ball duck in the group’s first practice game last week and did not bowl because he nurses an ankle injury, made just five from 13 balls, having previously been dropped second ball before scoring.

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