The three-match Test series between England and West Indies gets underway this week at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The second Test will take place at Old Trafford from July 16-20, with the third Test at the same venue from July 24-28.
Ben Stokes will captain England for the first time against West Indies.
The 29-year-old fills in for regular skipper Joe Root, who is isolating after the birth of his second child.
“Rooty just left a message on the hanger which said ‘Do it your way’,” said Stokes.
“It was a hand written note – not very well written! – and I wasn’t really expecting it.
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“It was a really nice message to receive and nice for Joe to think about me doing it for the first time.
“There’s been a lot of opinions flying around but that was a really nice thought.”
West Indies have a formidable-looking bowling attack and skipper Jason Holder believes enough experienced heads in the squad to make things extremely difficult for Stokes
“If you look at the calibre of players we’ve got — Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope have had success here in England and that is just to name a few,” said Holder.
“I am more than confident that these guys will do well in this series.”
Test Match Special will have build-up and live ball-by-ball commentary of every Test on the radio.
Live coverage can be found from BBC Radio 5 Live Extra in the UK.
Their schedule for the first Test is as follows:
Wednesday, July 8 – from 10.25am – first day of first Test
Thursday, July 9 – from 10.15am – second day of first Test
Friday, July 10 – from 10.15am – third day of first Test
Saturday, July 11 – from 10.15am – fourth day of first Test
Sunday, July 12 – from 10.15am – fifth day of first Test
England squad: Ben Stokes (c), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
West Indies Squad: Jason Holder (c), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Chemar Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach
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