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Jos Buttler appointed vice captain for first Test

Jos Buttler appointed vice captain for first Test

The Lancashire wicketkeeper will serve as deputy to Ben Stokes at The Ageas Bowl with Joe Root absent

Jos Buttler has been named as England's vice-captain for the first #raisethebat Test against the West Indies at The Ageas Bowl next week.

England Test captain Joe Root will leave the training camp at the Ageas Bowl on Wednesday afternoon to be with his wife, Carrie, who is expecting their second child later this week.

He will miss England’s three-day intra-squad warm-up match starting tomorrow and the #raisethebat first Test against West Indies commencing on Wednesday 8 July.

Root will commence a seven-day self-isolation period at home once he leaves hospital with his family. He will join up with the England squad ahead of the second Test at Emirates Old Trafford on Monday 13 July.

Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has been Root’s Test vice-captain since his appointment last July, will captain the side for the first time in Southampton. with Buttler assuming vice-captaincy duties.

 
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