In Case You Missed It: Farewell Sir Everton, hello captain Stokes

Oh captain, my captain: Stokes gets a chance to flex his captaincy muscles in the first Test against West Indies in the absence of Joe Root Getty Images

The passing of Everton Weekes, the last of legendary three Ws, marked the closing of a chapter for West Indies, but they will be looking to open a new one when they take on England next week for the first Test since the Covid-19 pandemic hit. And it's a new beginning for England too… sort of, as Ben Stokes steps into the captaincy role in the absence of Joe Root. With all eyes on the upcoming match, here's your catch-up of the big stories this week.

Sir Everton Weekes, the last of the three Ws, dies aged 95
The final member of legendary West Indies batting triumvirate died in Barbados this week and tributes have poured in from past and current cricketers, including Ian Chappell, who remembers him as a Barbados champion who enjoyed getting stuck into bowlers and living life to the fullest.

Ben Stokes to captain England as Joe Root misses first West Indies Test
The ECB confirmed that Joe Root will miss the warm-up game and first Test in order to attend the birth of his second child, paving the way for Stokes to captain the first Test at Old Trafford.

Andy Moles: 'I haven't got my brain cut, just lost half a leg'
The Afghanistan director of cricket had to get an emergency amputation after an aggressive infection in his toe threatened to spread. He spoke to Nagraj Gollapudi about getting used to a prosthetic leg and looking forward to getting back to Kabul.

Cheteshwar Pujara: 'Rahul Dravid taught me there is life beyond cricket' In the first of a new series where cricketers tell us about the first sportsperson they wanted to be, the India No. 3 talks about growing up idolising perhaps the greatest No. 3 India have ever had.

Can we all be a little more like Mohammad Hafeez?
His commitment to testing is admirable, says Andrew Fidel Fernando in The Briefing. Also featuring the Sri Lanka Cricket board, the no-saliva rule, and a quarantining Phil Simmons.

Ten players we wish we had seen more of in internationals
Some cricketers have shone bright in the sun for too brief a moment. What could these ten cricketers have gone on to do had circumstances been different?

Hot Seat: Who can stop Alyssa Healy and the mighty Aussies?
The Rest of World need to defend 23 runs off two overs against Australia Women. Who bowls the 19th? Our writers take a stab at a fantasy scenario.

What has English cricket been like for black players?
Ebony Rainford-Brent, Tymal Mills, Roland Butcher, Donovan Miller, Michael Holding, Tino Best, Chesney Hughes and others talk about their experiences in their career and George Dobell listens.

The best of Gordon Greenidge is the best of batting
Mark Nicholas remembers how no one was safe while he was at the crease: not the ball, the bowlers, the fielders, the windows, or the records.