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Ben Stokes will begin his role as captain against Kane Williamson’s impressive Kiwis in the first Test at Lord’s as a new era of English cricket begins


Joe Root’s reign as England Test captain is over and responsibility has passed to Ben Stokes ahead of the next round of Tests against New Zealand.

Arguably, England’s best player now has the weight of the captain and is a regular match winner for a busy summer of cricket ahead.

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Stokes is the new England Men’s Tests captain

As soon as Root announced he was stepping down there was only one candidate to replace him and that was Stokes as no one else is safe in the team…

A new era begins, then, and it will be fascinating to see how Stokes fares, given that he lost his only previous test as captain against West Indies in 2020.

And New Zealand are a difficult opponent to face at the start.

Kane Williamson’s side won the inaugural ICC World Trials Championship last year and are more than capable of ensuring the all-rounder from Durham gets off to the worst possible start.

Things may not get worse after the series in the West Indies, but they can against a well-rehearsed and efficient team in the Kiwis.

However, Brendon McCullum is the new England head coach and knows New Zealand inside out.

Ben Stokes will begin his role as captain against Kane Williamson’s impressive Kiwis in the first Test at Lord’s as a new era of English cricket begins

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Root has resigned as England captain after a string of dismal results

First England-New Zealand test: start date and time

The first test between England and New Zealand will start on Thursday June 2 and run until Monday June 6.

The action at Lord’s will begin at 11am.

England v New Zealand: TV Channel and Live Stream

The first test will be broadcast daily on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Cricket.

The match will also be available on NowTV via a day pass or monthly subscription.

Updates will also be live on talkSPORT throughout the day.

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Ben Stokes will begin his role as captain against Kane Williamson’s impressive Kiwis in the first Test at Lord’s as a new era of English cricket begins

Lord’s to host Stokes era opening test

England v New Zealand: Team News

The big news for England is that James Anderson and Stuart Broad are back in the Test squad.

Both were dropped for the tour in the Windies, where visitors toiled on the pitch.

Anderson might turn 40 in July, but he knows exactly how to play in English conditions and has won 640 Test wickets in a glittering career.

Broad is also nearing the end, but he still offers plenty for England.

There’s no room for Jos Buttler, despite his incredible form in the IPL, so Ben Foakes will continue with the gloves.

Matthew Fisher, Dan Lawrence, Ollie Robinson and Matthew Parkinson are absent after being part of the West Indies tour.

Mark Wood, Saqib Mahmood and Chris Woakes are all injured.

There is a first call-up for Durham bowler Matthew Potts, who has won 35 wickets in the first six games of the season, including four five-wicket runs.

Yorkshire’s Harry Brook has been in sensational form with the bat in the County Championship, scoring 758 runs at an average of over 150.

England: Ben Stokes (c), Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Harry Brook, Joe Root, Ollie Pope, Jonathan Bairstow, Ben Foakes, Craig Overton, Matthew Potts, Stuart Broard, James Anderson, Jack Leach

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway, Hamish Rutherford, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Will Young, Michael Bracewell, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell, Cameron Fletcher, Colin de Grandhomme, Rachin Ravindra, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Ajaz Patel, Blair Tickner, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult

England v New Zealand: Schedule

First test

  • Lord’s, London – June 2 / June 6

Second trial

  • Trent Bridge, Nottingham – June 10 / June 14

Third try

  • Headingley, Leeds – June 23 / June 27

Ben Stokes will begin his role as captain against Kane Williamson’s impressive Kiwis in the first Test at Lord’s as a new era of English cricket begins

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Anderson is back for England

England v New Zealand: what was said?

Rob Key, Managing Director for England, said: “This is the start of a new era for our Test team under the leadership of Ben and Brendon.

“With a mix of youth and experience, we have selected an exciting squad that can compete against New Zealand in next month’s Test series.

“We have rewarded players Harry Brook and Matty Potts who have had outstanding starts to the County season, and they deserve the opportunity to make a claim at this level.

“It promises to be an exciting series, and I can’t wait for the team to start against a very good New Zealand team. It’s a fascinating prospect for anyone connected with the sport in this country.

After being chosen to be Test captain, Stokes told talkSPORT: “I don’t think it’s an easy job that’s always easy for anyone to turn down.

“Obviously you have to think about it, not just a ‘yeah okay, I’ll try’ because there’s a lot to consider, but there was no hesitation.”

Of the new era, Anderson told talkSPORT: “I’m no stranger to making changes in a team environment and can’t wait to get started.

“You’d probably say Rob and Brendon are slightly left-leaning picks for these roles given the type of people who have taken on these roles in the past, but I think it’s an exciting time.”

“Certainly with Brendon as a test coach, having played against him a lot and seeing him as a New Zealand captain, seeing how forward-thinking he was, how attacking he was, it’s just an exciting time. .”

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