Joe Root Wishes England Test Captain Ben Stokes Success. After his close friend Ben Stokes was named England Test captain on Thursday, former skipper Joe Root promised to be with him “every step of the way.”
After his close friend Ben Stokes was named England Test captain on Thursday, former skipper Joe Root promised to be with him “every step of the way.” Furthermore, Stokes, 30, who served as Root’s deputy, was the overwhelming favorite to take over a struggling team that had won just one of their previous 17 Test matches. Root stepped down earlier this month after England’s 4-0 Ashes defeat in Australia, which was followed by a series loss in the Caribbean.
However, the star batsman, who has continued to pile on the runs despite England’s dismal run of results, has stated that he will give Stokes his full support.
Joe Root Wishes England Test Captain Ben Stokes Success
“Always got each other’s backs,” Root wrote on Twitter. “Congratulations, mate; I’ll be there every step of the way.”
Former England captain Kevin Pietersen also supported Stokes’ appointment, tweeting: “Congratulations, @benstokes38! It’s an incredible honor, and I’m confident you’ll do all of us England fans proud!”
Stokes has also received the support of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
“The prime minister would like to congratulate Ben on his appointment as England men’s Test captain,” his official spokesman also said.
“He wholeheartedly supports this appointment. He’s an inspiring player who serves as an example to many people, and the prime minister is confident he’ll lead England’s men’s team back to where it belongs.”
Stokes’ first match in charge will be England’s match against New Zealand, his birthplace, in the first Test of a three-match series beginning on June 2 at Lord’s.
Stokes tweeted on Thursday, “Thank you for all the messages.”
“Today is a proud day for me and my family. I enjoy playing cricket for England, and I hope to see you at Lord’s.”