‘I can see why Joe Root loses a lot of sleep’

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some­one like Stu­art out – his record is ob­vi­ously phe­nom­e­nal. But we made the call be­fore a ball was bowled that I thought pace would be more ben­e­fi­cial. I’m not go­ing to look back with any re­grets.”

Stokes also de­fended his de­ci­sion to bat first af­ter win­ning the toss in over­cast con­di­tions, and said he had en­joyed his first taste of Test cap­taincy.

Joe Root, who missed the first Test be­cause of his wife giv­ing birth, will re­turn to the side at Old Traf­ford. Eng­land need to win that Test and the last of the three-match series at the same venue to re­claim the Wis­den Tro­phy.

“I thor­oughly en­joyed the role I had to play this week with­out Joe,” Stokes said. “Last night was the only night that I re­ally strug­gled to sleep be­cause there was a lot to think about. I can see why Joe loses a lot of sleep be­cause he’s got to do that ev­ery game.”

Root is set to re­place Joe Denly, with Zak Craw­ley im­press­ing in his sec­ond-in­nings 76.

West Indies cap­tain Ja­son Holder hailed the win as “right up there with the best vic­to­ries we’ve had as a group”. Holder said that West Indies had tar­geted Eng­land’s top-or­der bat­ting as a weak link.

“Root was ob­vi­ously a big miss – he’s a high-qual­ity player. We saw that, I guess, as an op­por­tu­nity to re­ally get into their in­ex­pe­ri­enced bat­ting line-up,” he said. “I think a lot of pres­sure was on Stokes to score.”

“Tough team to play against and a pas­sion­ate na­tion and they re­ally de­liver,” Stokes said.

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