Ben Stokes: will the shackles be on or off for England's new captain? | Vic Marks

by Theguardian


Against a backdrop of tight biosecurity and an empty stadium attention will centre on how the barnstorming all-rounder copes with being in charge against West Indies

At last a Test match to preview. How do we go about that? It’s the clash of the great all-rounder captains, Jason Holder and Ben Stokes. Holder, ranked No 1 in the ICC all-rounder stats and about to embark on his 33rd Test as captain, is confronted by Stokes, ranked No 2 and leading England for the first time.

The goal of Stokes and his team is to win back the Wisden Trophy, held by West Indies after their 2-1 victory in the Caribbean last year. Can West Indies win a series in England for the first time since 1988?

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