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Will Ben Stokes be a good captian in Joe Root’s absence? Stuart Broad gives his thoughts

England’s World Cup hero Ben Stokes would have no problems assuming the role of the national team’s skipper if Joe Root missed out on the opening Test of their three-match series against West Indies due to the birth of his second child.

England skipper Root has said he could miss the series opener, scheduled for July 8, if it clashes with the birth of his second child and Broad, 34, believes the side would still be in good hands, with vice-captain Stokes well-equipped to take the reins.

Pacer Stuart Broad feels Stokes will be great as skipper, while talking to the media on Sunday.

“Stokes will be fine. The toughest part of the job is off the field, lots of extra meetings and planning, which he won’t have to get involved in,” Broad told reporters in a teleconference.

“He has a great cricket brain, he has grown and matured over the last few years so captaining one game will be easy. There won’t be much pressure as he’s not being judged over a long period of time. I have no doubts he will be brilliant,” he added.

The 3 Tests will be played in bio-secure venues without spectators in a bid to stop the spread of the dreaded coronavirus.

Broad claims he has taken advice from sports psychologists to learn ways of tackling with the new challenge of playing in empty stadiums.

“It will be a mental test… I’ve just got to make sure to train my brain not to get into a negative mindset,” said Broad.

“There might be times when the minds of players drift but we need to make sure we are as engaged as possible.” he added.

England are considering joining West Indies in an anti-racism protest in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was brutally murdered while in police custody in Minneapolis.

Broad believes it is vital to educate people on matters of racial equality.

“It’s been good to open the conversation with everyone. People can admit that maybe their views were different in the past. It’s now about moving forward,” he concluded.

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