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Ben Stokes on Joe Root’s return to number four: “I think him at four and me at six gives us a bit of experience in that gap. So you can obviously see where the places open up for people raise your hands, it’s three and five”

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New England Test captain Ben Stokes reveals his plans for Joe Root, James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

New England Test captain Ben Stokes reveals his plans for Joe Root, James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

Joe Root will return to bat at number four in the England Test squad, his successor as captain Ben Stokes has confirmed.

Root, who stepped down last month after five years in the role, had moved up to No.3 for England’s last tour of the West Indies which ended in a 1-0 series defeat.

Root performed well in the role in the Caribbean, finishing as England’s top scorer with 289 runs in six innings, including two hundred. But for his career, he had more joy at four years old, with an average of 51.27, compared to 39.67 at three years old.

Joe Root moved to three in order on recent West Indies tour but averaged more than 50 batters to four for England

Joe Root moved to three in order on recent West Indies tour but averaged more than 50 batters to four for England

Stokes also confirmed his own move from No5 to No6 in the order of the three-Test series against New Zealand which begins on June 2, and the new skipper urged ‘people to raise their hands’ for selection now at three and five.

“I’ve already spoken with Joe; I’ve asked him to come back at four and I’ll be at six,” Stokes said.

“Wherever Joe bats he gets runs, but his best position is at four. Joe will probably average 90 now instead of 60 [Root’s average in 2021]so that will be fine.

“I think him at four and me at six gives us some experience in that gap. So you can obviously see where the places open up for people to raise their hands, it’s three and five.”

England Tests captain Ben Stokes hits five straight sixes to reach his 100 in County Championship action for Durham.

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England Tests captain Ben Stokes hits five straight sixes to reach his 100 in County Championship action for Durham.

England Tests captain Ben Stokes hits five straight sixes to reach his 100 in County Championship action for Durham.

Stokes marked his return to action with a remarkable 64-ball hundred for Durham on Friday, lifting his century with five consecutive sixes before breaking a new County Championship record of 17 in his innings of 161 from 88 balls.

But, in his new role, Stokes says he won’t just be focusing on his own county’s performances, adding: “I now feel like I have to follow a lot more county games now to see who scores. rather than just checking the Durham score.”

Ben Stokes shares his thoughts on how previously taking a mental health break could benefit his England captaincy and how he has changed through his experiences.

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Ben Stokes shares his thoughts on how previously taking a mental health break could benefit his England captaincy and how he has changed through his experiences.

Ben Stokes shares his thoughts on how previously taking a mental health break could benefit his England captaincy and how he has changed through his experiences.

The versatile 30-year-old has also confirmed he will be reluctantly absent from some of England’s white-ball commitments this summer due to the demands of a ‘ridiculous’ schedule which sees a three-game ODI run at the Netherlands stuck between second and third New Zealand Tests next month.

“The schedule is definitely something that needs to be revisited,” Stokes said. “It’s ridiculous how much cricket is expected of people.

“The fact that there is a test match and overlapping one-day series sums it all up. You really have to look at it from a workload perspective.

“I don’t want to miss England games, I want to play as much as possible for England.

“In an ideal world you would have a schedule which allows you to play everything but unfortunately that is not possible and my number one priority is Test cricket at the moment so I have to prioritize that over the white ball.”




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