England's regular captain Joe Root has decided to live with his wife at the birth of their second child. For this reason, he is unlikely to play in the opening Test against the West Indies next week. In the absence of Root, star all-rounder Ben Stokes will lead the team for the first time.
The first match of this three-Test series will be played in Southampton from July 8 and Root's wife is about to become a mother around this date. Root also backed Stokes for the captaincy, stating that he is the 'natural captain'.
Joe Root told the BBC, “Ben Stokes is all set to do a great job for us.” Root is also doubtful of playing in the second Test as he will have to remain in isolation for seven days before joining the team.
Last week, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Cricket Director Ashley Giles said that the board is expected to allow players to leave the team's 'biological environment' and rejoin during the series, including Root. The series will be played at a completely 'biologically safe' venue. International cricket will return via this series after three months due to Covid-19epidemic.