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Ben Stokes: England will appoint all-rounder as new Test captain to succeed Joe Root

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Stokes’ first Test as permanent England captain will be against New Zealand in June

Ben Stokes is expected to be named England’s Test captain later on Thursday, taking over from Joe Root.

All-rounder Stokes, 30, has scored 5,061 runs and taken 174 wickets in 79 Tests and had been vice-captain for two periods since 2017.

Dej rod, 31, resigned after five years at the helm, after leading England in record-breaking 64 tests.

Stokes’ first Test as permanent England captain will be against world champions New Zealand at Lord’s on June 2.

He was previously captain of England in the first Test defeat against the Caribbean in 2020, when Root missed the battle to attend the birth of his second child.

Stokes also led the one-day national team to a 3-0 league victory over Pakistan last summer, after a Covid outbreak forced England to appoint a brand new team.

He took a break from cricket in July for his mental well-being and to let a finger injury heal, but returned to the English squad for the Ashes series.

Following England’s tour of the West Indies in March, Stokes has suffered a sore knee in his left knee but is hoping to return for Durham County in May.

New England men’s cricket chief Rob Key has named Stokes captain in his first major action since taking over the role from Andrew Strauss, who had stepped in on a temporary basis following the firing of Ashley Giles in February.

England are also in the process of occupying their vacant head coach after Chris Silverwood was sacked in February following the 4-0 Ashes defeat to Australia this winter.

England plans to appoint separate coaches for the test and white-ball pages, a change to the most recent setup.

Root resigned as captain earlier this month, citing the “charge” the job had on him, following a 1-0 series defeat to the West Indies.

England have not won in nine Tests and have only won one of their last 17 matches.

After three tests against New Zealand in June, England face India in the rescheduled fifth Test in July, before three tests against South Africa in August and September.

More to follow.

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