LONDON: England captain Joe Root is set to miss the first Test against the West Indies next week as he will attend the birth of his second child, a BBC report said.
Ben Stokes is set to captain England for the first time in Root's absence.
The three-Test series between the two teams will mark the resumption of cricket after the sport was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Root's wife is expecting a baby around similar time as the first Test and if Root attends the birth of his second child then he will have to go under mandatory self-isolation before joining the team again. IANS