England captain Joe Root is set to miss the first Test against West Indies, which begins on Wednesday, 8 July, to attend the birth of his second child. All-rounder Ben Stokes will captain in his stead.
Root will leave the England squad, who are currently training in a bio-secure environment in Southampton where the first Test will take place, on Wednesday, 1 July. After the birth of his child and upon leaving the hospital with his family, he will self-isolate at home for seven days before rejoining the squad.
England remain hopeful that this timeline will allow Root to participate in the second Test, beginning Monday, 13 July.
Vice-captain Stokes will fill in during Root's absence, something the all-rounder previously said would be a "huge honour". It will be Stokes' first game in charge of England, and his first game as captain of any side since 2008, when he captained Durham Under-17s.
Wicket-keeper Jos Buttler will replace Stokes as vice-captain, returning to the role he held prior to Stokes' re-appointment as Root's deputy in July 2019.
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