England skipper Joe Root, who will be missing out on the first test between England and West Indies due to the birth of his second child, confirmed the good news earlier today.
The English skipper took to his Instagram to post a picture with his new-born and son Alfred William Root. He also extended his support to the England team ahead of the England vs West Indies 1st test. He wrote, “Good luck boys @englandcricket We will be watching and supporting you all the way! #cricketisback.”
Root is currently undergoing a seven day quarantine period following which he will join the Three Lions setup. In his absence, dynamic all rounder Ben Stokes has been shouldered with the responsibility of leading the team.
However, while Ben Stokes looks all ready to lead the English charge from the front, he will be following advice from regular skipper Joe Root. Root will be missing out on the opening match starting on Wednesday-the first major international cricket fixture since March due to the birth of his second child.
Even though Root will not be with the squad at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton for the first Test in the three-match campaign, Stokes said he would not have any qualms about contacting his friend.
The first Test, taking place behind closed doors, will mark the return of international cricket from the coronavirus-enforced lockdown and Stokes said the precautions taken by England and the West Indies could serve as a model for other sports. However, according to the latest updates, rain has played spoil sport with the game being delayed.