Ben Stokes wants ‘selfless’ cricketers in England Test side | Cricket News

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CHESTER-LE-STREET (UK): Ben Stokes says he wants to lead a team of “altruistic” cricketers as he prepares for England’s revival after being named new Test captain.
The versatile 30-year-old was appointed to the role last week after Joe Root resigned after a five-year reign that culminated in a series of painful defeats.
Stokes, who was vice-captain to close friend Root, takes over, with England having won just one of their last 17 Tests and the team bottom of the Test World Championship table.
Stokes’ first game in charge is against reigning World Test champions, his homeland New Zealand, at the start of a three-Test series at Lord’s on June 2.
He admits that it will be difficult to put things right in England.
“It’s a challenge, especially after the last few years,” the Durham star told Sky Sports at the headquarters in Riverside, North East County, on Tuesday.
“There are a lot of things that need to change, not just on the pitch, and those discussions will happen.”
Stokes is an aggressive and versatile bowler known for his fierce commitment to the team and he seems eager to mold a team in his own image.
“I want to have selfless cricketers who make decisions based on what they can do to win a game in that amount of time,” he said.
“You are always judged on winning matches, and the decisions I make are based on the best thing to do to give us that chance.
“I want to have 10 other guys with me who are like-minded.”
Stokes, despite all his success on the pitch, has also had turbulent times in his career.
He was arrested after a late night incident in Bristol in September 2017, then missed a tour of Australia before being cleared of a fight charge.
“There are a lot of things that I have been through since becoming a professional cricketer, and those experiences that I feel are positive in this new role that I have,” Stokes told the BBC in a separate interview. .
“I’ve been through a lot and I’ve been through a lot of hurt and I feel like I can relate to both sides of what this sporting life can bring to you.”
There are concerns that making Stokes – who last year took a break from cricket to ‘prioritize’ his mental health – could overburden a player who is already carrying a huge workload.
And some observers have pointed to the unsuccessful reigns of Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff as evidence of the dangers of appointing a versatile star as England skipper.
Stokes, however, said: “I’ve had to deal with comparisons to Andrew Flintoff and Sir Ian Botham since I was 18 or 19. And I’ve always said I wasn’t trying to be the one of them, I’m just Ben Stokes.”



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