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Southampton, July 7

Stand-in England captain Ben Stokes stated common skipper Joe Root has given him a easy piece of recommendation forward of tomorrow’s first Test with West Indies — do it your manner.

With Root lacking for the delivery of his second baby, Stokes will get to pit himself towards West Indies counterpart Jason Holder. “The best message I’ve received was when I got my photos done yesterday, with the blazer. Rooty just left a message on the hanger which said, ‘Do it your way’,” stated Stokes.

But the all-rounder stated he is aware of that he’ll be capable to flip to Root for recommendation at any stage in the course of the match. “Because of Joe’s personal situation, we’ve been letting him deal with that and I haven’t been on him too much. But I know he’ll be at home watching and his phone will always be available if I need him,” Stokes added.

Stokes’ first large determination might be to call his group and there are difficult decisions to be made together with his bowling assault. James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood are competing for the three tempo spots alongside Stokes and offspinner Dom Bess. — Reuters


We need to get on prime of Ben: West Indies coach

West Indies coach Phil Simmons believes the opening Test might be a battle between two all-rounder captains by which he expects his skipper Jason Holder to “get on top” of his England counterpart Ben Stokes. “I think that it’s going to be a toss-up between these two allrounders and hopefully Jason can do what’s necessary to get on top of Ben in this first Test,” Simmons stated. “Ben is one of them who leads from the front. We will have to make sure that we get on to him very early,” Simmons stated. PTI

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