London: Ben Stokes sent a Valentine's Day message to England's fans promising he and new captain Joe Root would make the country fall in love with the team again.
After almost five years of Alastair Cook's leadership, England are entering a new era with two of their most exciting and charismatic players to the fore. The pair are two of the side's most engaging crowd-pleasers and are expected to usher in a more aggressive style of cricket.
Stokes admitted: "We need people to fall in love with it again. We need to win but we want to perform in a manner that makes people want to come and watch us. Every team goes through transition but I hope we can be influential in taking the team forward.
"Cook started us on that path, Root was part of that as vice-captain and now we can carry that on. We have the same direction of where we want to take the team.
"I've always believed that Root was going to be captain," said Stokes. "He's the best person for it. He's a colleague but also a close mate. I couldn't be more pleased for him," Stokes added.