Profile of Ben Stokes: from the ‘Bristol Incident’ to England’s Test cricket captain

Ben Stokes said it was a “true privilege” to be named England men’s Test cricket team’s 81st captain. The Durham all-rounder replaces Joe Root, who has resigned from his post after five years in office.

In a press conference on Thursday, Stokes was confirmed as Test skipper by Rob Key, England’s new chief executive of men’s cricket. In his first major decision in the role, Key “had no hesitation” in offering the captaincy to a player who “embodies the mentality and approach” needed to move the team forward. “He absolutely deserves the chance.”

Former captain Root was praised by Stokes for being a “huge part” of his development as a “leader” in the dressing room. Stokes said Root will continue to be an “important ally for me in this role.” in one tweet, Ex-Skipper Root congratulated his pal and said he was by his side “every step of the way”.

“A rare determination to succeed”

With the appointment, the 30-year-old takes on “one of the most prestigious positions in British sport,” said Rory Dollard The Independent. He undoubtedly had some memorable moments – winning the 2019 World Cup and his century against Australia in the Ashes.”Miracle at Headingley‘ to name just two. But there are also moments “that he doesn’t like to think back to,” such as the “Bristol Incident” in 2017 where he was arrested after a “riot” outside a nightclub and “found not guilty of a racket 11 months later”.

Last July, Stokes took an extended break from international play to rest an injured finger and protect his mental well-being. In a column for The mirrorHe wrote that he’s in a “really dark place” and how he’s struggling with Bubble Life and off-field events. “I don’t want anyone to feel like me because I haven’t been in a good place and I’m not afraid to admit it.”

Stokes’ mental health issues make this appointment “a big gamble,” said Martin Samuel im Daily Mail. He was the outstanding candidate, but that would “put more pressure on a man whose body and mind were creaking”. It remains an enormous gamble not only for Stokes, who already “carries the weight of being the team’s talismanic winner”, but also for the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

Stokes has certainly “come a long way” since the Bristol incident that “nearly destroyed his career,” said Steve James in The times. Overcoming “so many difficulties” showed that the new England captain “possesses a rare determination to succeed”.

Stokes Bowling in a training session for England

“When he speaks, the players listen”

Stokes was “No 1 choice in a field of one,” added Samuel in the Mail. He was a “rather brilliant player” and “if this were a general election” he would “be brought back with a landslide and drafted into Parliament”.

Former England captain Mike Atherton said there was “no need to reconsider the appointment”. The times. Stokes is a “seasoned Test match cricketer” and has consistently proved to be an “inspirational player”. “He has the respect of the dressing room, as a player, as a leader and as a man. When he speaks, the players listen; if he waves, they will follow.”

Another former captain, Nasser Hussain, agrees that Stokes is the “best option” and someone who will “take second place” if England wins. Speaking of Sky SportsHussain added that England have a “winner who is in charge of our Test team” and “he will do everything to ensure we win every Test match we play”.

His great all-round predecessors – Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff – could both have failed as captains, Tim Wigmore said in The Telegraph. But there’s reason to believe Stokes “can be successful in either role.”

Stokes starred as England won the 2019 World Cup

New trainer for Lord’s First Test?

After the series defeats in Australia and the West Indies there was a personnel restructuring within the English line-up. Now that Key and Stokes have been appointed to their roles, the next task for the ECB is to hire new staff separate head coaches for the men’s Test and white ball teams. Key said he was “optimistic” a new coach would be brought in for the first Test on June 2 against New Zealand at Lord’s.

Stokes has scored 5,061 runs and taken 174 wickets in 79 Tests for England BBC reported. He has served as vice-captain in two terms since 2017 and previously captained the side in the first Test loss to West Indies in 2020.

One of his first demands as England’s Test skipper is the return of James Anderson and Stuart Broad to the squad, said Ali Martin The guard. “Subject to form and fitness” the experienced bowlers will be “back in the herd” for the summer schedule.

England men’s summer games 2022

England vs. New Zealand test series
  • 2nd-6th June: Mr
  • 10th-14th June: Trento Bridge
  • 23-27 June: Emerald Headingley
England vs. India test match
England vs. India IT20 series
  • July 7: Agea’s Bowl
  • 9 July: Edgbaston
  • July 10: Trento Bridge
One day series England vs. India
  • July 12: Kia Oval
  • July 14: Mr
  • July 17: Emirates Old Trafford
One-day series England vs. South Africa
  • July 19: By the river
  • July 22: Emirates Old Trafford
  • July 24: Headingley
International series Twenty20 between England and South Africa
  • 27 July: The Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol
  • July 28: Sophia Gardens
  • July 31: Agea’s Bowl
England vs. South Africa test series
  • 17-21 August: Mr
  • 25-29 Aug: Emirates Old Trafford
  • September 8-12: Kia Oval Profile of Ben Stokes: from the ‘Bristol Incident’ to England’s Test cricket captain

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