English cricket is going through monstrous changes. Firstly, they sacked their longtime coach Chris Silverwood, and now they have appointed a new captain in the form of Ben Stokes.
This decision came after Joe Root decided to step down from the captaincy last week. It was a tough decision for him since he had been a torchbearer for his team. But England’s current run of losses was crying out for a change. And Joe Root, who was initially adamant about staying at the position, finally succumbed to the criticism.
Resulting in Ben Stokes being appointed as the new Test Captain of England.
Known for his power hitting, Stokes is no mug in the game’s longest format that requires patience and perseverance to strive. He made his debut for the three lions in test cricket in 2013 and has played around 79 games.
Stokes has scored around 5061 runs in those matches at an average of 35. He also makes a hefty contribution with the ball in hand and has managed to pick 174 scalps.
“I am honoured to be given the chance to lead the England Test team. This is a real privilege, and I’m excited about getting started this summer,” Stokes said about his appointment.
“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 is all set to become the 81st captain of the English Test Squad.
Gary Kirsten to become England’s test coach
Another significant change that has taken place in recent times is the appointment of Kirsten as the Test coach for England. He will fill in the shoes of Chris Silverwood who was sacked earlier this year.
Kirsten, the former South African player, is known worldwide for his coaching skills. He was the coach of the 2011 World Cup-winning India side. And since then has been the most sought-after coach in the world.
It will be a new challenge for a man who holds quite a reputation for performing miracles with teams. His new assignment will start this summer as England takes on World Champion New Zealand in June.
Although reports also claim that he might miss the opening fixture of the series, due to his commitment to the IPL franchise Gujarat Titans. But he will be stepping down from the role at the end of this tournament to focus on revival of English Test Cricket.
Everyone will be hoping for England to perform well under the new coach and captain.