England’s World Cup hero Stokes was on Tuesday (June 30) named captain for the opening Test in opposition to West Indies rather than Joe Root, who has taken go away to be together with his spouse for the beginning of their second little one.
Stokes has by no means led a aspect in first-class cricket however shall be captaining the nationwide crew for the primary time in his profession when the opening Test begins on the Ageas Bowl in Southampton from July 8.
“He has a good cricket brain and, even though he does not have much captaincy experience, he will have seasoned players like James Anderson and Stuart Broad around to bounce ideas off,” Wood wrote in a column for BBC.
“Stokesy won’t not just tell people what to do. He knows that players are individuals, so he will treat them as such. That said, he is also very honest, so he won’t be afraid to tell it straight if someone is not pulling their weight or sticking to a plan. He will do a brilliant job.”
Wood mentioned he had featured within the crew which Stokes final captained throughout his Durham Academy days in opposition to Scotland Under-19s, giving a thumbs as much as his stand-in skipper.
“I’m one of many few individuals who have truly performed below Stokesy, again in our days on the Durham academy. He was a great skipper again then, main from the entrance, identical to he does now.
“As the years have gone on, he has matured right into a senior participant, setting the instance and dragging folks together with him.”
England’s three-day apply match begins on Wednesday and Wood mentioned although he would not wish to be too aggressive within the inside sport however on the identical time he additionally wants to check his abilities and carry out to make it to the taking part in XI.
“As a quick bowler, a part of my armoury is being aggressive, attempting to tough up the opposition. Would I be comfy attempting to do this to my England team-mates on this scenario? Probably not, but when the captain or coach asks me to, then that’s what I must do.
“I would rather look at it as an opportunity to experiment with the skills that I have been learning during lockdown, but I have also got to remember that there are Test spots up for grabs and I want to give the best account of myself. If I get hit for a couple of fours, I am sure the competitive juices will flow.”
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