Ben Stokes and Joe Root in test
Ben Stokes and Joe Root: ECB

The England team is scheduled to host the visiting team West Indies from 8 July. Joe Root is currently the test captain of the England team. But Root is expected not to play in the first Test as he will have to remain in 7 self-isolation after the birth of his second child.


In such a situation, the star all-rounder Ben Stokes is ready to captain England in the absence of Root in the first match of 3 match series against West Indies.

Stokes wrote in his column in the Daily Mirror, 

“There is a chance our skipper Joe Root may miss a Test this summer because he and his wife are expecting their second child,”

Cricket, which was closed since mid-March after the Coronavirus epidemic, will resume through this series.

Earlier on arriving in England, West Indies captain Jason Holder said that the three-match Test series with hosts England would not be a common series due to strict rules made by Coronavirus.

Significantly, given the threat of COVID-19, the Test series between England and West Indies will be played in a bio-safe environment. With this Test series, international cricket will return. Because cricket has been shut down all over the world due to the coronavirus since mid-March.


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The first match of the Test series will be played at the Ageas Bowl in Hampshire. It will be played from 8 to 12 July. While the remaining two matches will be played at the Old Trafford. The second Test will be played from 16 July while the third match will be played from 24 July.


The West Indies team has reached the UK. Old Trafford will be the West Indies team’s base for a period of three weeks before departing the Ageas Bowl. The West Indies have announced their squad for the England tour. But three players from West Indies

refused to go on this tour of England. This includes Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, and Chemo Paul.

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