Ben Stokes. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
LONDON: England’s talisman Ben Stokes says captaining his nation even simply as soon as in his profession could be a “huge honour” however admits it was by no means an enormous ambition.
The all-rounder is poised to guide the crew within the first Test in opposition to West Indies on July eight with captain Joe Root more likely to miss the sport to attend the start of his second little one.
“I’ve given it a little thought but not really dived into it yet,” the 29-year-old informed a digital information convention on Monday.
“I imply, it is not prefer it’s not an enormous deal. Getting the chance to captain England is a large honour. Even if it is solely the as soon as, you may say you captained England.
“So it is one thing that I’m trying ahead to if the chance presents itself. But additionally I do know I’m solely stepping in to take over the reins due to Joe’s private state of affairs.”
Stokes has matured since his well-chronicled disciplinary issues and was inspirational as England received the World Cup final 12 months. He is now Root’s trusted vice-captain.
He mentioned the final time he captained a crew was throughout an academy sport in opposition to Scotland when he was a young person.
“I by no means set a aim to need to be a captain,” Stokes said. “If you take a look at Alastair Cook he was destined to be captain after Andrew Strauss and Joe Root was destined to be captain after Alastair Cook, you recognize who the subsequent one can be when one is coming in the direction of the tip of his profession.
“If I’m being honest, I’m not one of those who people would necessarily associate with being next England captain. But I am looking forward to the opportunity of doing it.”
Should Stokes captain the aspect subsequent week in Southampton — a match being performed in a bio-secure stadium with out followers due to the COVID-19 pandemic — he says he can be properly ready.
“Being able learn from Cookie and Joe Root in different situations in the game has rubbed off on me and will put me in good stead for all the situations a Test match can throw at you,” he mentioned.
“At the identical time now we have some skilled guys out on the sphere I can use like Jimmy (Anderson) and (Stuart Broad) Broady, so many individuals to throw concepts off.”
Stokes mentioned being captain or not, his model won’t change.
“I always try to set the example in terms of commitment and attitude,” he mentioned. “When it comes down to what to do in a situation it will always be a positive route.”