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Root missing England-West Indies 1st test to be at birth

SOUTHAMPTON, England – England captain Joe Root will miss the first cricket test against the West Indies next week to be at the birth of his second child.

Root will leave the team camp in Southampton on Wednesday to be with his wife Carrie, who is expecting this week.

Vice captain Ben Stokes will lead England for the first time. Jos Buttler will assume vice captain duties.

When Root leaves the hospital with his family, he will self-isolate for seven days then join England before the second test on July 13 in Manchester.

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