Ben Stokes backs Black Lives Matter tribute for England Test against West Indies

Matt Madjendie
Evening Standard
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AFP via Getty Images

England stand-in skipper Ben Stokes will lead his side in a joint Black Lives Matter tribute along with West Indies ahead of next week’s First Test.

Stokes is stepping in as captain for the opening match of the three-Test series, with regular captain Joe Root set to be absent for the birth of his second child.

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The tourists have already revealed they will wear Black Lives Matter logos on their shirts for the duration of the tour.

And Stokes said plans were being finalised in the coming days for a further nod to the movement.

“We haven’t set anything yet,” said Stokes. “We are having discussions [as a team] but also discussions with [West Indies captain] Jason Holder, as it would be great to do something as Team England and Team West Indies and show our support together.

“It will be happening but it’s not 100 per cent clear yet. But it’s great that two teams are wanting to work together to show support towards Black Lives Matter.”

Stokes, who proved England’s star turn in both the World Cup and Ashes series, said this summer would struggle to emulate the preceding one.

“It’s completely different,” he said. “Now, in 2020, we’re looking to play our first game in July.”

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