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ENGLAND V WEST INDIES: JOE ROOT SET TO MISS FIRST TEST TO ATTEND CHILD’S BIRTH

ENGLAND V WEST INDIES

England captain Joe Root is set to miss the first Test against West Indies next week to attend the birth of his second child.

The Test begins on July 8 and limits on player movements for the bio-secure matches mean Root will be unable to leave and immediately rejoin the squad.

Ben Stokes is set to captain England for the first time in Root’s absence.

On Saturday, Root backed the all-rounder’s ability to lead the side, describing him as a “natural leader”.

West Indies players will wear a Black Lives Matter logo on their shirts during the series, paying tribute to NHS workers.

The logo has also been worn by Premier League footballers in recent weeks in support of the anti-racism movement following the death of George Floyd in the United States 

West Indies captain, Jason Holder said they believe they have a duty to show solidarity and also to help raise awareness.