Ben Stokes’ Statement Following His Appointment as England’s 81st Test Captain. Ben Stokes succeeds Joe Root. Who resigned from the position earlier this month and remains England’s most successful Test captain in terms of match wins.
On Thursday, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced that all-rounder Ben Stokes will become the 81st captain of the England men’s cricket team. Stokes succeeds Joe Root, who resigned from the position earlier this month and remains England’s most successful Test captain in terms of match wins. Stokes’ immediate challenge will be to put an end to England’s run of losses in cricket’s oldest format and restore the team’s fortunes.
Here’s what Ben Stokes had to say after being named Test Captain.
“I am humbled to be given the opportunity to lead the England Test team. ” This is an incredible honor, and I’m looking forward to getting started this summer.
“I’d like to thank Joe (Root) for everything he’s done for English cricket and for always being a great ambassador for the game all over the world.” He has been a huge part of my growth as a leader in the locker room, and he will continue to be an important ally for me in this role.”
According to an official release from the ECB, Stokes will speak to media outlets next week in Durham.
For the past 5-6 years, Stokes has been one of England’s most prolific match-winners across all formats. His all-round ability has helped the team reach new heights, including winning the first-ever ODI World Cup in 2019.