Superstar versatile player Ben Stokes will lead England for the first time in one-day matches in the upcoming series against Pakistan from 8 July in Cardiff. He was previously captain of his country in a Test match – last summer against West Indies when Joe Root was unavailable.
Now he has been drafted as captain of the team as an immediate action in the wake of the original squad, including regular captain Eoin Morgan, who is placed in isolation after 7 positive results from 19 – three players and four support staff – reported in the group that defeated Sri Lanka in the ODI series.
Ben Stokes says that all things happened quickly, but he is not entirely surprised that he is leading the team against Pakistan; he admits it would be a big task to fill Morgan’s shoes.
“Well, it increased rapidly! To say that I did not expect to play England in a one-day match in Cardiff this week is a big understatement. But here we are, and asking for duties, ‘Ben Stokes wrote in his column for The Mirror.
‘I only packed clothes from home for three days, so there will have to be a little extra washing, although I have not yet received one of my new English one-day suits, so it had to wait for me, I hope.
‘The last time I was a white baller was in an IPL warm-up match. So it will also be new to me, but my experience as a player needs to get me through, even if Morgs (Eoin Morgan)’s shoes are incredibly big to fill! He added.
We are fortunate to have the strength in depth we have in white ball cricket: Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes has been deducted from his explosive duties for Durham for national duties. The selectors announced a brand new 18-man ODI group to host Pakistan; the group contains as many as 9 players who have not been hacked. The versatile player was exuberant in his praise for England’s strength in cricket with limited overs.
He also assured the fans that the team, although he has no experience at the highest level, will give a difficult challenge to Babar Azam’s visiting outfit.
‘I’m not sure how many countries can lose so many players, and on such short notice I can still pick of such quality. “We are fortunate to have the strength in depth in white ball cricket, and it is just a fantastic opportunity for these players to show what they can do,” said Stokes.
‘You need to be able to adapt at this level and that’s what’s been happening off the field in the last 24 hours. “It was amazing how quickly things have been set up since I got the call late Monday night,” the versatile writer continued.