Ben Stokes and Chris Silverwood (Photo credit score: Stu Forster/Getty Images)
LONDON: England coach Chris Silverwood is assured “talisman” Ben Stokes will lead from the entrance in Joe Root‘s absence throughout subsequent week’s first Test towards the West Indies.
Stokes is about to captain England for the primary time after it was confirmed on Tuesday that common skipper Root would miss the collection opener on the Ageas Bowl to be along with his spouse Carrie, who’s anticipating the couple’s second youngster later this week.
Under well being protocols for the collection, Root will start a seven-day self-isolation interval at dwelling as soon as he leaves hospital along with his household, in a measure designed to fight the unfold of coronavirus.
That means vice-captain Stokes, who has not led a cricket group since he was a youngster, is about to be their skipper for the primary Test.
“I think he’ll do a great job. He is a talisman, he leads from the front anyway,” Silverwood informed a convention name on Tuesday.
“He’s conscious of the people around him as well so I think he’ll do a great job in Rooty’s absence.”
Former England paceman Silverwood added: “It can be attention-grabbing to see what he does as a result of clearly it’s his first time captaining England.
“We know he has obtained an aggressive nature however equally there’s a good cricket mind in there as effectively.”
England hope to have Root again in time for the second Test at Old Trafford beginning on July 16.
But he’ll miss England’s lone warm-up match forward of the collection, a three-day intra-squad conflict on the Ageas Bowl beginning Wednesday, between a facet led by Stokes and a group skippered by Jos Buttler, who will deputise as vice-captain.
That suggests Buttler can be England’s wicketkeeper subsequent week, reasonably than Jonny Bairstow or Ben Foakes.
The warm-up sport will contain 27 members of England’s 30-man coaching squad, with uncapped bowlers Jamie Overton and Amar Virdi lacking out together with Root.
National selector Ed Smith is about to announce a slimmed down England squad on Saturday for the behind-closed-doors collection.
Among among the choice points nonetheless to be clarified are the highest 4, the first-choice spinner and the composition of the fast-bowling assault.
The top-order rivals are divided between the 2 sides, Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley in a single group and Rory Burns and Joe Denly within the different.
Moeen Ali and Jack Leach can be in Team Stokes, with fellow spinners Dom Bess and Matt Parkinson representing Team Buttler.
“You know the people who find themselves the mainstay of our facet, the engine room, however this can be a nice alternative for among the different gamers to present us what they’ll do on this sport,” mentioned Silverwood.