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Stokes will stand in for Root within the first Take a look at in opposition to WI © AFP
Joe Root will miss the primary Take a look at in opposition to West Indies subsequent week to be on the start of his second little one. Ben Stokes will captain England for the primary time in Root’s absence whereas Jos Buttler will assume the function of Stokes’s vice-captain.
Root will depart England’s pre-series coaching camp on the Ageas Bowl on Wednesday (July 1) to be together with his spouse Carrie who’s anticipating their second little one later this week. He’ll play no half within the three-day intra-squad match which begins tomorrow.
As soon as Root leaves hospital, he must observe a seven day isolation interval at house earlier than becoming a member of up with the England squad forward of the second Take a look at at Emirates Previous Trafford which begins on Monday July 13.
The affirmation of Buttler as vice-captain seems to have ended the talk about who will put on the wicket-keeping gloves in opposition to West Indies. Buttler is the incumbent however each Ben Foakes and Jonny Bairstow have been included within the pre-series coaching group which is at the moment coaching on the south coast.
Foakes was a part of England’s squad for the aborted tour to Sri Lanka in March whereas Bairstow has stated lately that he needs to reclaim the gloves after shedding them firstly of final winter following a poor Ashes collection with the bat.
Nonetheless, Buttler seems to have seen each of them off for now though he might want to enhance his returns with the bat if he’s to make the wicket-keeping place his personal. He averaged simply 17.55 in 5 Exams this winter.
There are a selection of choices to cowl Root’s place at quantity 4 within the batting line-up. A prime order of Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley and Joe Denly is probably most certainly however Bairstow might additionally play as a specialist batsman.