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Stokes: No extra workload as England captain

Ben Stokes has no concerns about the burden placed him on as England captain and believes the "dark moments" he has gone through will help him as he aims to revive an ailing Test team alongside "selfless" players and the returning James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

Stokes' appointment as successor to Joe Root was confirmed last week and he is now plotting how to arrest a slump which has seen England lose 11 and win just one of their previous 17 Test matches.

The 30-year-old says he can shoulder the roles of leader and go-to all-rounder physically and mentally and feels his break from the game in 2021 in order to prioritise his mental health and the way he recovered from the Bristol incident in 2017 - which he says he feared would end his career - will stand him in good stead as he fulfils a job "you can't exactly turn down".

    Speaking to Sky Sports News about the pressures of being captain and all-rounder, Stokes said: "That's a media thing.

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