Following Joe Root’s resignation, England has named Ben Stokes to replace him as Test captain.

“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. “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.”

Sokes has 79 red-ball appearances for England since making his Test debut in December 2013. In February 2017, he was chosen vice-captain, and in the summer of 2020, he filled in for Root while he was away for the birth of his second child. The ECB Interim Chair and Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison confirmed Stokes’ nomination on Tuesday evening, after the proposal of England Men’s Cricket Managing Director Rob Key. Stokes will become the 81st captain of the England Men’s Test squad.

“I had no hesitation in offering the role of Test captain to Ben,” Key said. “He epitomises the mentality and approach we want to take this team forward into the next era of red-ball cricket. I am delighted that he has accepted, and he is ready for the added responsibility and the honour. He thoroughly deserves the opportunity,” he added. “I am delighted that Ben has agreed to become England Men’s Test captain, which is another great achievement in his extraordinary career in an England shirt,” Harrison said. “He cares deeply and passionately about what it means to represent England and he will lead us into a new era with great pride. It’s an important summer for our Test side and Ben will I am sure relish the challenge before him and his team.”