Ben Stokes has been named England’s Men’s Test Captain

The England & Wales Cricket Board has named Ben Stokes captain of the England Men’s Test team. He succeeds Joe Root as the 81st captain of England’s Men’s Test team. The appointment was approved by the ECB Interim Chair and Chief Executive Officer on Tuesday evening, following the recommendation of England Men’s Cricket Managing Director, Rob Key.

Stokes made his Test debut in December 2013 and has since played 79 times for his country. In February 2017, he was named vice-captain, and he also filled in as captain when Root was away for the birth of his second child in the summer of 2020. Durham’s star has 5,061 Test runs at an average of 35.89. He has 174 wickets to his name and is regarded as one of the best all-rounders in the world.

Ben Stokes, England’s Men’s Test Captain, added, “I am honored 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.” Stokes will speak to the media in Durham next week.