England v West Indies: Joe Root set to overlook first Take a look at to attend kid’s start

Ben Stokes (left) was stripped of the Take a look at vice-captaincy in 2017 however was reinstated final 12 months

England captain Joe Root is about to overlook the primary Take a look at in opposition to West Indies subsequent week to attend the start of his second little one.

The Take a look at begins on eight July and limits on participant actions for the bio-secure matches imply Root will probably be unable to depart and instantly rejoin the squad.

Ben Stokes is about to captain England for the primary time in Root’s absence.

On Saturday, Root backed the all-rounder’s means to steer the aspect, describing him as a “pure chief”.

“He is very well-equipped to do a incredible job for us,” Root advised the BBC.

The emblem, which features a clenched fist, will probably be worn on the collars of West Indies’ gamers’ shirts

In the meantime, West Indies have introduced their gamers will put on a Black Lives Matter brand on their shirts through the collection.

The emblem has additionally been worn by Premier League footballers in latest weeks in assist of the anti-racism motion following the demise of George Floyd in the USA, which led to world protests.

Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man, died after being restrained by a white Minneapolis police officer on 25 Could.

“We imagine we have now an obligation to indicate solidarity and in addition to assist elevate consciousness,” captain Jason Holder stated.

“It is a pivotal second in historical past for sports activities, for the sport of cricket and for the West Indies cricket crew.

“We now have come to England to retain the Wisden Trophy however we’re very acutely aware of happenings all over the world and the combat for justice and equality.”

England’s gamers will put on a brand paying tribute to NHS employees through the coronavirus disaster however is not going to put on the Black Lives Matter brand.

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