“Joe Root is off with that baby, his second child. I think as a stand-in captain, I am absolutely behind it, absolutely great choice, very loyal as well to Joe Root.
“He won’t have any kind of grandeur thinking that this is my job for life. But as a long-term thing - all-rounder with so much on his plate, plays three formats, IPL possibly coming up - I think there’s too much on his shoulders, but never write-off Ben Stokes.
“He could make an exceptional captain, but I am worried a little bit about his workload in the future if he does it full time.”
Stokes will take the charge in the first Test against West Indies starting July 8 at Southampton as Test skipper Root will be with his wife for the birth of their second child. (UNI)