Published: June 29, 2020 11:18:09 pm
England’s talisman Ben Stokes says captaining his nation even simply as soon as in his profession can be a “huge honour” however admits it was by no means a huge ambition.
The all-rounder is poised to lead the staff in the first Test in opposition to West Indies on July eight with captain Joe Root likely to miss the game to attend the birth of his second child.
“I’ve given it a little thought but not really dived into it yet,” the 29-year-old informed a digital information convention on Monday.
“I imply, it’s not prefer it’s not a huge deal. Getting the opportunity to captain England is a huge honour. Even if it’s solely the as soon as, you may say you captained England.
“So it’s something that I’m looking forward to if the opportunity presents itself. But also I know I’m only stepping in to take over the reins because of Joe’s personal situation.”
Stokes has matured since his well-chronicled disciplinary issues and was inspirational as England gained the World Cup final 12 months. He is now Root’s trusted vice-captain.
He mentioned the final time he captained a staff was throughout an academy sport in opposition to Scotland when he was a teenager.
“I never set a goal to want to be a captain,” Stokes mentioned. “If you take a look at Alastair Cook he was destined to be captain after Andrew Strauss and Joe Root was destined to be captain after Alastair Cook, who the subsequent one will likely be when one is coming in the direction of the finish of his profession.
“If I’m being honest, I’m not one of those who people would necessarily associate with being next England captain. But I am looking forward to the opportunity of doing it.”
Should Stokes captain the facet subsequent week in Southampton — a match being performed in a bio-secure stadium with out followers due to the COVID-19 pandemic — he says he will likely be effectively ready.
“Being able learn from Cookie and Joe Root in different situations in the game has rubbed off on me and will put me in good stead for all the situations a Test match can throw at you,” he mentioned.
“At the same time we have some experienced guys out on the field I can use like Jimmy (Anderson) and (Stuart Broad) Broady, so many people to throw ideas off.”
Stokes mentioned being captain or not, his fashion is not going to change.
“I always try to set the example in terms of commitment and attitude,” he mentioned. “When it comes down to what to do in a situation it will always be a positive route.”
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