Stokes promises positive cricket

17 February 2017 09:24:02 EST

Ben Stokes says that he wants to see people flocking back to Test cricket after being made England vice-captain.

The Durham all-rounder was handed the role at the same time as Yorkshire batsman Joe Root replaced Alastair Cook as England Test captain.

We want to be positive, aggressive and always on the front foot.

Ben Stokes

He says that, while being ecstatic at being made vice-captain, he shares with Root a philosophy about how the game should be played.

Test cricket is struggling worldwide with limited overs cricket, especially Twenty20, drawing in bigger crowds, but Stokes is confident that he and Root can lead a revival in the longer form of the game.

He told the ECB official website: "Test cricket is the pinnacle and we need people to fall in love with it again. We need to win but we want to perform in a manner that makes people want to come and watch us.

"We want to be positive, aggressive and always on the front foot. If we do that then we will get those performances. The team we have is full of natural entertainers. We need them to perform like they did for their counties, that's why they got there in the first place."

The new duo at the head of English Test cricket have time to prepare for their introduction.

The first Test they will play is at home to South Africa at Lord's in early July.

Before that, both Root and Stokes are expected to be part of the squad that takes part in this year's ICC Champions Trophy held in England during June.

The home side, who have never won a world 50-over tournament, are 1212/1 to break their duck this year. Australia are 1212/1 while holders India are priced at 4/9.

England start their preparations with a short tour of the West Indies next month before returning to England and playing warm-up games against Ireland and South Africa.

The West Indies are 100/1 to win the first ODI against England with Eoin Morgan's side 1/1000.

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