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Test Cricket: The England Cricket Board named all-rounder Ben Stokes as the men's Test team captain

Test Cricket: The England Cricket Board named all-rounder Ben Stokes as the men's Test team captain - The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) named all-rounder Ben Stokes as the new captain of England's men's test team on Thursday. Stokes will take over for Joe Root, who resigned earlier this month after a string of series losses, including an 0-4 thumping in the Ashes in Australia - For more IPL and Cricket news follow 99Runs


The England and Wales Cricket Board has named Durham's Ben Stokes captain of the England men's test team. He takes over as the 81st captain of the England Men's Test team, succeeding Joe Root. The appointment was accepted by the ECB Interim Chair and Chief Executive Officer on Tuesday evening, following the proposal of England Men's Cricket Managing Director, Rob Key, the ECB stated in a statement.



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Stokes, who made his Test debut in December 2013, has played 79 Tests for England so far. In February 2017, he was chosen vice-captain, and he also took over as skipper when Root was away for the birth of his second child in the summer of 2020.






"I am honoured to be given the chance to lead the England Test team," said the newly appointed captain, Stokes. "This is a real privilege, and I'm excited about getting started this summer."



The England Cricket Board named all-rounder Ben Stokes as the men's Test team captain

Ben Stokes while hitting a shot in the Ashes 2021
Ben Stokes

The England Cricket Board named all-rounder Ben Stokes as the men's Test team captain



"I want to thank Joe (Root) for everything he has done for English cricket and for always being a great ambassador for the sport all across the world. He has been a massive part of my development as a leader in the dressing room, and he will continue to be a key ally for me in this role," he added.



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Durham's all-rounder has 5061 Test runs at an average of 35.89 and 174 wickets to his name. After being named captain, Stokes expressed his excitement, saying he was "honoured" and thanking former captain Root for his role in his development as a leader.



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