Ben Stokes has the character to recover from England's World Twenty20 final loss, says Test captain Alastair Cook. 'Stokesy' would certainly have his first ball again but the second one wasn't too far off the mark and it went 94 metres back." Cook admitted he was devastated by England's defeat, telling BBC Essex: "I don't normally get too emotional watching a game of cricket. Cook's county, Essex, begin a new era under newly-appointed coach Chris Silverwood on Sunday against Gloucestershire. "I think it was fairly obvious after seven or eight years it was time for a change.
England must make people "fall in love" with Test cricket again, says newly appointed vice-captain Ben Stokes. Yorkshire batsman Joe Root has been named as new Test captain after Alastair Cook resigned after more than four years in charge. "We need to win but we want to perform in a manner that makes people want to come and watch us," Stokes said. Root's first Test match as England skipper is against South Africa at Lord's beginning on 7 July. The 26-year-old has stepped up from vice-captain, with Durham all-rounder Stokes, 25, filling the role as his deputy.
Stoke City winger James McClean has been warned by the Football Association over his use of an offensive word in a social media post. McClean used the word in a post where he spoke of abuse he has received over refusing to wear a poppy and in which he called some Stoke fans "cavemen". The 29-year-old also wrote a follow-up post reacting to news the FA was investigating. In that he wrote: "The FA are investigating, for exactly what?" Republic of Ireland international McClean also claimed the FA "turn a blind eye" to his "years" of abuse he has received. "Week in, week out for the past seven years I get constant sectarian abuse, death threats, objects being thrown, chanting which is heard loud and clear every week which my family, wife and kids have to listen to," he wrote.