The New Zealand born all rounder replaces former captain Joe Root as the test team leading man in the first big decision by new Managing Director Rob Key.
Stokes moved to Cockermouth in Cumbria at the age of 12 after his Rugby League coach father got a job coaching Workington Town rugby league club. Stokes signed for Durham at 17 after success locally with Cockermouth Cricket club.
Four years after his Durham debut he made his first test appearance for England against Australia. From there Stokes has cemented himself as one of the best players in the world and has done while still staying loyal to Durham where he still plays select matches.
Stokes spoke on the feeling it was to be announced as the captain, what many argue is the highest honor an English player can receive: “I am honoured to be given the chance to lead the England Test team, this is a real privilege, and I’m excited about getting started this summer.’’
Stokes was also full of praise towards his former captain Root who will continue to play in the Test side: “I want to thank Joe for everything he has done for English cricket and for always being a great ambassador for the sport all across the world. He has been a massive part of my development as a leader in the dressing room, and he will continue to be a key ally for me in this role.”
Root took to social media to send his support for his new skipper saying: ‘’Always got each other’s backs. Congratulations mate, I’ll be right with you every step of the way’’
Stokes’ test match as captain will be at the home of cricket Lord’s against number 3 team in the world New Zealand on June 2nd.