HEADLINE: Joe Root set to miss opening Test against WI, Stokes to lead England

link CaribbeanCricket.com Joined: Mar 5, 2003
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6/30/20, 1:46:06 AM 

England skipper Joe Root is set to miss the opening Test against West Indies next week to attend the birth of his second child.

Star all-rounder Ben Stokes will lead the team for the first time in Root’s absence.

The first game of the three-Test series begins at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton from July 8 and Root’s wife is due around the same time.

Root has thrown his weight behind the all-rounder for being the interim captain, describing him as a “natural leader”.

“He’s very well equipped to do a fantastic job for us,” Root told the BBC.

Read more at Hindustan Times


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link armchair Joined: Jan 28, 2003
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6/30/20, 11:46:23 AM 
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Perhaps no one happier that Jofra Archer, because Stokes can't be worse to him than Root.

link Drapsey Joined: Dec 25, 2007
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6/30/20, 12:43:33 PM 
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It's good to see the Brits forgive Stokes for his past transgressions, and elevate him to Captaincy albeit temporarily.

If he were a West Indian, dog eat his supper.

link silver Joined: Dec 5, 2011
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6/30/20, 12:49:11 PM 
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Now that's how you ran Mr Root. I would not want to face pacy Gabriel right now

link Norm Joined: Nov 27, 2002
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6/30/20, 1:35:09 PM 
Root won't be there? Awwwww. Gabriel will miss him!

link openning Joined: Nov 12, 2002
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6/30/20, 5:54:11 PM 
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Awwwww. Gabriel will miss him!

With him not added to the squad, it is hard to see him moving from reserve into the starting X1.

link Norm Joined: Nov 27, 2002
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6/30/20, 8:45:53 PM 
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Gabriel too in the reserves? Why am I not surprised?

link openning Joined: Nov 12, 2002
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6/30/20, 9:01:50 PM 
In reply to Norm
I am following the coach, he has spoken about Gabriel fitness, and adding him to the squad.
Not once has he spoken about any other reserve player.
Ten guys are there as replacements, if an injury happen to the selected squad, and if that player will be out of the tournament.
CWI always have replacement players, there are usually in the region, you seem to by into seeing 25 players, and thinking the selection will be base on performance in two practice games.

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