London: English cricketer Ben Stokes has been appointed captain of the England Men’s Test team by the England & Wales Cricket Board.
He succeeds Joe Root in becoming the 81st captain of the England Men’s Test team. The ECB Interim Chair and Chief Executive Officer approved the appointment on Tuesday evening following the recommendation by the Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket, Rob Key.
“I had no hesitation in offering the role of Test captain to Ben. 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,” said Robert Key, who is currently the Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket.
Stokes has represented the England Test side in 79 matches, and has scored 5061 runs, in addition to taking 174 wickets with the ball, having made his maiden Test appearance in 2013. Stokes said that he is honoured to lead England and also thanked Joe Root for his contribution to England cricket.
“I am honoured to be given the chance to lead the England Test team. This is a real privilege, and I’m excited about getting started this summer.
“I want to thank Joe (Root) 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,” said Stokes in a statement published by ECB.