Joe Root will miss the primary Check towards West Indies subsequent week to be on the start of his second youngster. Ben Stokes will captain England for the primary time in Root’s absence whereas Jos Buttler will assume the function of Stokes’s vice-captain.
Root will go away England’s pre-series coaching camp on the Ageas Bowl on Wednesday (July 1) to be together with his spouse Carrie who’s anticipating their second youngster later this week. He’ll play no half within the three-day intra-squad match which begins tomorrow.
As soon as Root leaves hospital, he must observe a seven day isolation interval at house earlier than becoming a member of up with the England squad forward of the second Check at Emirates Outdated Trafford which begins on Monday July 13.
The affirmation of Buttler as vice-captain appears to have ended the talk about who will put on the wicket-keeping gloves towards West Indies. Buttler is the incumbent however each Ben Foakes and Jonny Bairstow have been included within the pre-series coaching group which is presently coaching on the south coast.
Foakes was a part of England’s squad for the aborted tour to Sri Lanka in March whereas Bairstow has mentioned not too long ago that he needs to reclaim the gloves after dropping them at first of final winter following a poor Ashes collection with the bat.
Nevertheless, Buttler appears to have seen each of them off for now though he might want to enhance his returns with the bat if he’s to make the wicket-keeping place his personal. He averaged simply 17.55 in 5 Assessments this winter.
There are a variety of choices to cowl Root’s place at quantity 4 within the batting line-up. A high order of Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley and Joe Denly is maybe almost definitely however Bairstow might additionally play as a specialist batsman.