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England Cricket: Ben Stokes’ first Test squad announcement goes wrong as Joe Root is named captain

England’s controversial scheme to advertise Ben Stokes’ first Test kit to hardcore fans goes embarrassingly wrong as predecessor Joe Root is named captain…a month after stepping down as skipper.

  • Ben Stokes’ first trial team announcement as England captain didn’t go as planned
  • The ECB announced its squad early to its loyal supporters as part of a new scheme
  • However, his squad list still named Stokes’s predecessor, Joe Root, as captain.
  • Nor did it include profiles of Durham stars Alex Lees and Matthew Potts.

A controversial scheme designed to announce Ben Stokes’ first England Test kit early to hardcore fans went embarrassingly wrong on Wednesday.

Stokes is preparing for his first challenge since replacing Joe Root as England captain last month, and New Zealand will take part in a three-match test series throughout June.

As he prepared to name his first squad on Wednesday, England’s official Twitter account revealed that fans could get the announcement before the crowd by signing up for a free program.

Joe Root resigned as England captain in April

Ben Stokes replaced him as skipper later that month.

Joe Root (L) was mistakenly named England captain in Ben Stokes’ (R) first team announcement

The account tweeted on Tuesday: ‘See our team before anyone else. Sign up now to get exclusive early access to our test team announcement tomorrow.

When signing up for the scheme, fans were required to submit their name, date of birth, gender, email address, and zip code.

However, supporters who did were left baffled when the early release erroneously named Root as England’s captain.

Root called off his five-year stint as captain in April following a series of defeats against the West Indies, before his good friend Stokes replaced him later that month.

But according to The Telegraphthe Yorkshire star was still listed as captain in the last squad before the error was corrected in less than a minute.

Stokes is preparing for his first Test series as England captain against New Zealand next month.

Stokes is preparing for his first Test series as England captain against New Zealand next month.

But a scheme designed to deliver news of his squad named predecessor root captain early

But a scheme designed to deliver news of his squad named predecessor root captain early

The embarrassing bug was reportedly fixed less than a minute after it was posted.

The embarrassing bug was reportedly fixed less than a minute after it was posted.

The profiles of Stokes’ Durham teammates Alex Lees and Matthew Potters, whom his club colleague named in his squad, were also omitted from the original list.

The early access scheme was already a controversial idea given that the England national cricket team is meant to represent the entire country rather than a small group of die-hard supporters.

It’s also a slightly questionable concept due to the fact that the team list can be posted on social media the moment it’s named.

The England and Wales Cricket Board’s marketing division is believed to have had the idea, which was unveiled on the same day Tom Harrison announced he was stepping down as chief executive.

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