I Can Relate to Both Sides of What This Sporting Life Throw at You: Ben Stokes

After securing the leadership of the beleaguered England Test team, star Ben Stokes had hoped the vicissitudes of his career would help him become a successful captain.

Stokes succeeds right-hander Joe Root, who resigned in April this year, to become England’s 81st men’s Test team captain.

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Stokes’ appointment as captain was widely expected, especially after Root, 31, stepped down in the wake of England’s loss of a three-game away Test series away to the West Indies in March. His first assignment as Test captain will be a three-match Home Test series against New Zealand, starting at Lords from 2 June.

Asked how his experiences had changed him during his trip, Stokes told BBC Sports, “There are a lot of things I’ve been through since becoming a professional cricketer, and these are the experiences that I feel are positive in this new role I’m in.

“I’ve been through a lot of good things and I’ve experienced a lot of bad and I feel I can relate to both sides of what this sporting life can throw at you. I hope now that as the England captain, I am not seen as a different person than the people I’ve played with. I feel like I was Always someone anyone could come up to and talk to.”

Stokes, 30, will take charge of the men’s England Test team that has won just one of their last 17 games and sits at the bottom of the 2021-23 World Championship cycle.

“I see everything I’ve been through as positive and you can connect with people if it’s good or bad. I don’t see anything I’ve been through as negative. If anything, I see it as a way I can always try and help them.”

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