Latest Cricket News Updates Latest news from (c) en-gb Mon 27 May 2024 Captaincy had started to have an unhealthy effect on the rest of my life: Joe Root Former England Test skipper Joe Root has stated that captaincy had begun to have an “unhealthy effect” on his daily life, which is why he took the decision to quit. The 31-year-old stepped down as England captain in April and passed on the baton to experienced all-rounder Ben Stokes. I just see this as a complete and utter blank canvas: New England Test captain Ben Stokes ahead of New Zealand series England’s new Test captain Ben Stokes has stated that the team will head into the Test series against New Zealand, which begins on Thursday (June 2) at Lord’s, with a ‘blank canvas’ and not look at the game as a ‘red-ball reset’. He is also hopeful of his partnership with new head coach, Brendon McCullum, making the players in the team comfortable and confident.