Joe Root will miss the first test match against West Indies as he wants to be with his wife who is going to deliver their second child later this week.
England captain Joe Root will miss the first test match against West Indies, ECB confirmed on Tuesday. Joe Root will leave the training camp at the Ageas Bowl on Wednesday to spend time with his wife Carrie, who is expecting to deliver their second child later this week. The Captain will miss England’s three-day intrasquad warm-up match which will start on Wednesday & also next week’s first test match which will be played at Hampshire’s headquarters starting from July 8. Joe Root’s absence in the first test series was expected.
Under the health guidelines for the bio-secure series, Root will begin a seven day isolation period at home once he leaves the hospital with his family, in a measure taken to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
England hopes to have Joe Root back with their squad for the second test match at Emirates Old Trafford, which starts on July 16. The Manchester cricket ground is also the venue for the third & final match of the Test series, which is taking place behind closed doors.
In absence of Captain Joe Root, Vice-Captain Ben Stokes will lead the England squad for the first time in Southampton & Jos Butler will handle the position of Vice-Captain for the opening match of the Test series against West Indies which marks the return of International Cricket from the lockdown period.