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Ben Stokes named England Test captain after Joe Root steps down

Joe Root resigned after five years in charge following a 1-0 series loss in the Caribbean, which came hot on the heels of a humiliating 4-0 Ashes defeat in Australia.

April 28, 2022 / 03:54 PM IST
England's Ben Stokes

England's Ben Stokes

Talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes was named as England's new Test captain on Thursday, replacing Joe Root, who stood down earlier this month after a string of damaging defeats.

Stokes, who was the favourite for the job, said he was "honoured to be given the chance to lead the England Test team" ahead of a busy season of international cricket.

"This is a real privilege and I’m excited about getting started this summer," said the 30-year-old.

"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."