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Ben Stokes has reportedly been offered the England Test captaincy, with his appointment as Joe Root’s successor due to be made official on Thursday night (AEST).

New England men’s cricket chief executive Rob Key met Stokes earlier this week with the 30-year-old accepting the job.

Root quit after England’s series defeat in the West Indies last month, a result that followed a 4-0 thrashing of the Ashes with Australia one wicket away from a clean sweep.

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With the test team in a state of chaos, Stokes was almost the only viable replacement for Root.

The versatile captain once captained England in a Test match, having replaced Root on paternity leave in 2020. England lost that game to West Indies by four wickets.

His first game as a full-time skipper will be against New Zealand in June.

The Guardian reports that Stokes is backing a recall for fast bowling greats James Anderson and Stuart Broad, after the pair were controversial omissions from the side that toured the Caribbean.

The coaching job remains up in the air following the resignation of Chris Silverwood, with Australian Simon Katich seen as one of the candidates for the job.

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