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