Despite being handed England captaincy, Ben Stokes said he won’t change his playing approach in the absence of regular skipper Joe Root for the Test series opener against the West Indies.
The 29-year-old Stokes, who has played 63 Tests since 2013, said positivity influences his conduct on the field and added that will continue.
“In terms of how I want to influence the game, I try to have a positive effect. No matter what I do, it will always be the positive route.” Having taken up captaincy, Stokes will be first all-rounder since Andrew Flintoff to lead England and 81st skipper overall.
He was named vice-captain in 2017, but lost the position following the Bristol nightclub incident that year. “Getting the opportunity to captain England is a huge honour even if it is only for once. It is something I am really looking forward to. But at the same time, I know I am only stepping in for the one game,” he added.